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November 25, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Tawny Owl Surveys on the Fowey Estuary

Tawny Owl surveys on the Fowey Estuary – October 2020 Image snapshot from the Hawk & Owl Trust Live Tawny Owl cam at Sculthorpe Moor Chris Sperring MBE recently led a Tawny Owl survey on the Fowey Estuary, East Cornwall. The findings reveal a high density of…
November 24, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Lockdown 2 Update from Sculthorpe Moor (week 3)

Walking the boardwalks today volunteers were spotted working on the new bridge that will connect the planned new walkway by the Frank Jarvis hide to the track that leads onto to the livestock building. Socially distant bridge construction in progress Treading…
November 18, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Update from the Shapwick Moor Reserve. Lockdown 2, Week 2.

Last week Chris Sperring, Conservation Officer at the Hawk and Owl Trust, published a live video on the Trust’s Facebook page from the Shapwick Moor Reserve. Chris highlights the current offerings from this beautiful reserve, which are plenty during this…

Lockdown 2 Update from Sculthorpe Moor (week 2)

Nov 17, 2020 323
This week the Sculthorpe Reserve has seen water levels rising after a number of…

Lockdown 2 Update from Sculthorpe Moor (week 1)

Nov 11, 2020 438
Here we find ourselves in week one of Lockdown 2 at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve in…

Charity Calendar and Christmas Cards

Nov 04, 2020 288
The Hawk and Owl Trust are delighted to have launched their Christmas Cards and 2021…

Covid Update: Sculthorpe Moor Reserve and Shapwick Moor Reserve

Nov 03, 2020 248
Covid Update - Lockdown 2 Following the latest government Covid advice, there will be…

Dragonfly Sculpture for Sculthorpe's New Education Hide

Oct 14, 2020 402
The Hawk and Owl Trust has commissioned renowned sculptor, Michael Turner, who…

Sheringham Shoal grant helps Hawk and Owl Trust towards carbon neutrality

Oct 14, 2020 453
Pictured: The air source heating system installed at the new offices A grant from the…

Sculthorpe Update Friday 2nd October

Oct 02, 2020 469
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Friday 2nd October - Sculthorpe is Open, 8am - 4pm. Please be advised that the weather…

Flooding and Fallen Trees at Sculthorpe Moor

Sep 30, 2020 438
If you have been following our social media updates you’ll know that the Sculthorpe…

Baling for Biodiversity - Sculthorpe Moor Update

Sep 30, 2020 291
Recently we featured team member Lily working hard on the Sculthorpe Reserve’s fen…

Tuesday 29th Sculthorpe Update

Sep 28, 2020 375
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Tuesday 29th Sept Update - we are sorry but due to the flooding and high winds we will be…

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.