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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 302
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 422
Here we find ourselves in week one of Lockdown 2 at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve in…

Charity Calendar and Christmas Cards

Nov 04, 2020 265
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 234
Covid Update - Lockdown 2 Following the latest government Covid advice, there will be…

Dragonfly Sculpture for Sculthorpe's New Education Hide

Oct 14, 2020 397
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 446
Pictured: The air source heating system installed at the new offices A grant from the…

Sculthorpe Update Friday 2nd October

Oct 02, 2020 463
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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 434
If you have been following our social media updates you’ll know that the Sculthorpe…

Baling for Biodiversity - Sculthorpe Moor Update

Sep 30, 2020 289
Recently we featured team member Lily working hard on the Sculthorpe Reserve’s fen…

Tuesday 29th Sculthorpe Update

Sep 28, 2020 366
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Tuesday 29th Sept Update - we are sorry but due to the flooding and high winds we will be…

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  Lottery grant. 

Sculthorpe team member’s Lilly and Jake have been cutting down reeds and scrub that are growing on the sandbanks of the reserves new wetland area. Today they were braving the muddy sandbanks once more with their strimmers cutting back the year's growth [pictured]. By doing this they are providing open spaces that will support new types of species on the reserve. Despite the wetland being a relatively new feature a family of Lapwings swiftly moved into the area this year- a first for Sculthorpe!

Also spotted on the wetland today was an Egret, Kingfisher, and of course a Buzzard that keeps a keen eye over all reserve activity and is almost a landmark feature at Sculthorpe Moor. Lizards and dragonflies are in abundance, and there is a staggering array of flora that has grown from the soil that was only recently cleared of a once dense wooded area.  Nigel spotted an unusual plant growing at the side of a reed bed - Nodding Bur Marigold. Which has only been seen once before on the other side of the reserve.

Future plans for the wetland include a second new elevated education hide, which will offer impressive aspects over the wetland and woodland behind. Two meters off ground level this hide will offer visitors even more opportunities to enjoy the wildlife at Sculthorpe.

Plans to create walkways into the woodland are already underway with our Get-on-Board appeal*. The woodland was planted in the 1840s-1880s and the timber was used to create charcoal for gunpowder,  hence the plan to call the new walkway The Gun Powder Trail.

Nigel and I hope to update you regularly with how the wetland area is taking shape.

*If you would like to donate or become a part of the Get on Board appeal please visit the following pages on our website:

- Donations: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9452#!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails

- Get on Board: https://hawkandowltrust.co.uk/index.php/donate/get-on-board

 [Written by Laura Wharton, Social Media Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust]