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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 08, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Volunteer at Shapwick Moor this Winter!

Can you help out at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve? Simon Beard, the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor, is looking for volunteers to help with the reserve's Winter season task list. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help out on a variety of set days including…

Baling for Biodiversity at Sculthorpe Moor

Aug 15, 2020 414
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 523
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 1424
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 1040
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 1211
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 860
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…

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.

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