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July 01, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!)

Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust were called out to the Robertson Barracks in Norfolk after an unusual bird of prey was spotted loose on site. Robertson Barracks is the current home of 1st The Queen's…
June 08, 2020
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Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

We are re-opening from Monday 15th June The reserve is open seven days per week, 8 am – 4 pm. Last entry is 3 pm To work safer together, we are limiting access to the hides—one person per window. During busy times, please respect other users who may also want…
June 03, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

It's Volunteer Week at Sculthorpe Moor

We’re delighted to start welcoming familiar faces back on to the Sculthorpe Reserve this week. We’re almost halfway through our first volunteer week since we went into lockdown. Although our doors are closed to the public for now, we are certainly in need of…

Yellow Rattle Success at Shapwick Moor Reserve

May 27, 2020 411
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 783
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Covid 19 - Update

May 13, 2020 765
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Update on the 13th May. The Trust welcomes the government’s announcement this week to…

Lockdown life continues at the Hawk and Owl Trust

May 10, 2020 935
With a skeleton crew at our reserves and project sites, social distancing measurements in…

Hamish Smith on the Bath Peregrines

Apr 26, 2020 1087
Since 2006 a total of 38 peregrines have fledged successfully from the Bath Peregrines…

Bath Peregrine Update: The First Chick of 2020 is Here!

Apr 21, 2020 2767
The first Bath Peregrines chick of 2020 is here! Hamish Smith has been keeping a close…

Essential Lockdown Viewing

Apr 05, 2020 2005
Keep an eye on the Hawk and Owl Trusts live cams! Whilst hunkered down safely in your…

Nigel Middleton YouTube Update on Sculthorpe Moor

Apr 04, 2020 794
Nigel Middelton updates us on life at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve during this, our…

Lockdown Wildlife Encounters

Apr 04, 2020 936
What a whirlwind of events! We’re almost two weeks into lockdown here at the Hawk and Owl…

Two New Ponds for Shapwick Moor!

Mar 20, 2020 723
The excavation of two ponds is progressing well on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve. After a…

This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with Julie Merrett of Natural England and Holly & Bev Whitcombe. [Pictured]

Close to the Barbera Handley Hide on the reserve there are a few interesting signs of buildings that have been reclaimed by the land over time. A fascinating afternoon was spent hearing Bev speak about her memories of what once stood. 

Bevs' grandparents occupied a farmhouse on the site of the hide. Over the afternoon we located where various farm buildings would have been. The anecdotes Bev shared were about visits to this ancient farm, which boasted 5 cows, hayricks, and milk being taken to the station at Westhay.

Possibly the most charming moment of all was the discovery of the ancient Walnut tree that Bev talked about - as the childhood swing! 

Bev is kindly trying to locate some old family pictures of her times at the farm to share with us. We can’t wait to see what the site once looked like!

We are hopeful that later in the year the opportunity of a joint heritage project from both Hawk & Owl Trust and Natural England will commence. The aim is to expose the outlines of the old farm buildings,  highlighting and preserving the social history of the site for the future.