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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 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…

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 1117
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…

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 Estate near Bath contacted the Hawk and Owl Trust on the 30th June having picked up an injured female peregrine near his home in Wiltshire. Placed in a safe box at the gamekeeper’s home, the hungry bird was suffering extensive flight feather damage and clearly needed professional examination.

The Hawk and Owl Trust collected the bird and relocated it to a local bird of prey centre, West of England Falconry, with the aim of achieving a  full recovery and eventual release into the wild. The bird was bearing both BTO metal and colour rings which allowed it to be traced to having been ringed near Brighton as a female chick on 22/05/07.

After an initial examination, West of England Falconry arranged for the bird to be transferred to the National Raptor Hospital specialist facility at the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) where she was examined by the Centre staff and the following day the Centre’s specialist avian vet. The consultation indicated that there was an old healed but misaligned break in the Peregrines left leg. The result of this misalignment, plus the recent injury was that the bird would never be in fit state to return to the wild. In addition, the bird would never be able to cope with the wearing of jesses or be handled with ease so was equally unsuited to captive life. At 13 years this falcon was a senior, with many mature falcons typically living to 12-15 years (if they make it past juvenile stage). Unfortunately, a decision had to be made and the bird was euthanised. This decision was taken after consideration of what was best for the bird. Jemima Parry-Jones, Director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey, emphasised that “if she had had a chance we would have undoubtedly given her that chance, but circumstances did not allow.”

It’s important to take positives from this outcome. Although in this instance the bird was unable to be rehabilitated, the remarkable effort from a variety of people and groups in different parts of the UK is a sign of something promising for birds of prey in the UK. From the gamekeeper who must be applauded for taking the bird into his care, the International Centre for Birds of Prey, West of England Falconry, the Hawk Conservancy Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, to the Hawk and Owl Trust - a chain of at least 6 people across multiple UK organisations who worked together for this one peregrine and throughout had her best interests at heart.