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October 14, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Dragonfly Sculpture for Sculthorpe's New Education Hide

The Hawk and Owl Trust has commissioned renowned sculptor, Michael Turner, who specialises in working with stainless steel to create a piece for our new Education Hide. The hide overlooks a large pond which teems with Dragonflies and many other insect species…
October 14, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sheringham Shoal grant helps Hawk and Owl Trust towards carbon neutrality

Pictured: The air source heating system installed at the new offices A grant from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund has enabled the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor in North Norfolk to implement three new projects on its journey to becoming a…
October 02, 2020
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Sculthorpe Update Friday 2nd October

Friday 2nd October - Sculthorpe is Open, 8am - 4pm. Please be advised that the weather forecast is not good for the next few days and we may have to shut at short notice

Flooding and Fallen Trees at Sculthorpe Moor

Sep 30, 2020 276
If you have been following our social media updates you’ll know that the Sculthorpe…

Baling for Biodiversity - Sculthorpe Moor Update

Sep 30, 2020 153
Recently we featured team member Lily working hard on the Sculthorpe Reserve’s fen…

Tuesday 29th Sculthorpe Update

Sep 28, 2020 228
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Tuesday 29th Sept Update - we are sorry but due to the flooding and high winds we will be…

Sculthorpe Videos Showcase Reserves Latest Projects!

Sep 22, 2020 210
The completion of a new office building is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to…

New Wetland Development Progress at Sculthorpe Moor

Sep 09, 2020 670
Another sneak peek behind the scenes at Sculthorpe Moor! This week Nigel Middleton and I…

Volunteer at Shapwick Moor this Winter!

Sep 08, 2020 493
Can you help out at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve? Simon Beard, the Community Manager at…

Baling for Biodiversity at Sculthorpe Moor

Aug 15, 2020 554
Baling for Biodiversity For the last 2 weeks, one of our staff members Lilly, has been…

The Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe Moor!

Jul 30, 2020 662
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe! Are you taking part in this year's…

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways

Jul 15, 2020 951
Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways The Get on Board…

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

Jul 01, 2020 1652
Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust…

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.