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July 30, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

The Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe Moor!

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe! Are you taking part in this year's Big Butterfly Count? We’ve been out and about spotting butterflies on the Sculthorpe Reserve this week, all you need is a sharp eye and the free Big Butterfly Count app:…
July 15, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways The Get on Board scheme at Sculthorpe Moor is about halfway through thanks to the generous donations from the public. Volunteers have been shovelling, rollering, and learning their way…
July 15, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation

Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation A recent Peregrine rescue highlights the important work that is happening in the UK with birds of prey, and for the most part goes unreported. A gamekeeper who works on an…

A walk in the past at Shapwick Moor

Jun 12, 2020 725
This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with…

Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

Jun 08, 2020 1115
We are re-opening from Monday 15th June The reserve is open seven days per week, 8 am – 4…

It's Volunteer Week at Sculthorpe Moor

Jun 03, 2020 952
We’re delighted to start welcoming familiar faces back on to the Sculthorpe Reserve this…

Yellow Rattle Success at Shapwick Moor Reserve

May 27, 2020 689
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 1029
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Covid 19 - Update

May 13, 2020 981
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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 1116
With a skeleton crew at our reserves and project sites, social distancing measurements in…

Hamish Smith on the Bath Peregrines

Apr 26, 2020 1245
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 2977
The first Bath Peregrines chick of 2020 is here! Hamish Smith has been keeping a close…

Essential Lockdown Viewing

Apr 05, 2020 2162
Keep an eye on the Hawk and Owl Trusts live cams! Whilst hunkered down safely in your…

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 Dragoon Guards – The Welsh Cavalry. Adrian Blumfield of the Hawk and Owl Trust went to the site and was met by guards personnel (Chris) who had been keeping an eye on the birds activity.

Once on site the hungry Falcon was spotted sitting on top of one of the base's old hangars. The bird swiftly responded to the call of Adrian, and the promise of food! Once in the Trust’s care the IBR (Independent Bird Register) ringed  bird was checked and traced back to its owner in Kent.

The Gyr / Saker’s owner - Marc, lost the working bird when carrying out regular duties on a landfill site in the Kent area on Monday 22nd June. That particular day there were an unusual number of Buzzards as well as prevailing southerly winds. As a result the Falcon failed to return and headed north, all the way to Norfolk!

Upon trying to track the Falcon, the bird’s radio tracker signal could not be traced by its owner. Marc believed that would be the last he would see of his years old Gyr / Saker Falcon.Luckily for Marc he was reunited with the bird on Saturday 27th June. Marc driving the 125 miles from Kent was pleased to be reunited with the lost Gyr / Saker.

Special thanks to those at the Robertson Barracks who helped reunite Marc with this beautiful working bird. With the GyrFalcon being the largest species of Falcon globally and the Saker being listed on the BirdLife International endangered list, this hybrid Falcon was certainly something special to witness for all involved in it’s rescue.