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September 22, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe Videos Showcase Reserves Latest Projects!

The completion of a new office building is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the progress that has been made at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve. There have been a number of exciting projects taking place at Sculthorpe Moor over the Summer. A new…
September 22, 2020
Norwich Cathedral Peregrine
Latest News Laura Wharton

Zoe Smith Suffolk Wildlife Talk - Wildlife Live Webinar

Zoe Smith is doing a live talk for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust In October Zoe Smith is doing a talk as part of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's series of Wildlife Live Webinars- A series of live one hour webinars covering a range of wildlife topics via Zoom. Zoe's…
September 09, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

New Wetland Development Progress at Sculthorpe Moor

Another sneak peek behind the scenes at Sculthorpe Moor! This week Nigel Middleton and I walked onto paths un-boarded and closed to the public to take a look at the new wetland area of the reserve. The land was purchased in 2019 with funding from a £821,000…

Volunteer at Shapwick Moor this Winter!

Sep 08, 2020 292
Can you help out at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve? Simon Beard, the Community Manager at…

The Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe Moor!

Jul 30, 2020 524
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 838
Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways The Get on Board…

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

Jul 15, 2020 1032
Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation A…

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

Jul 01, 2020 1426
Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust…

A walk in the past at Shapwick Moor

Jun 12, 2020 1041
This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with…

Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

Jun 08, 2020 1502
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 1212
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 861
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 1202
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Baling for Biodiversity

For the last 2 weeks, one of our staff members Lilly, has been cutting, band raking, and baling our fen meadows. There are many reasons why this is an environmentally positive idea:

First of all, the bales provide food for our local livestock community.

Secondly, cutting a meadow once a year is crucial for allowing a wider variety of plant species to grow. By cutting the field, the dominant plants are weakened, thus allowing less dominant species to get more light exposure, causing their growth. A plant varied meadow brings different species of butterfly, insects, and small mammals.

Once we have cut the meadows, we allow our Shetland sheep to graze it. This is a form of conservation grazing and it has the same positive effect by limiting the dominant species and gives the meadow a ‘fresh start’, so all the species get the same key components for growth.

We coin this ‘baling for biodiversity'.