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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 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
September 30, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Flooding and Fallen Trees at Sculthorpe Moor

If you have been following our social media updates you’ll know that the Sculthorpe Reserve has once again been victim to extreme weather! This week the team has had the task of managing fallen trees, flooded walkways, and rescuing a few sheep! Today30/9/20…

Baling for Biodiversity - Sculthorpe Moor Update

Sep 30, 2020 151
Recently we featured team member Lily working hard on the Sculthorpe Reserve’s fen…

Tuesday 29th Sculthorpe Update

Sep 28, 2020 227
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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 209
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New Wetland Development Progress at Sculthorpe Moor

Sep 09, 2020 670
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Volunteer at Shapwick Moor this Winter!

Sep 08, 2020 492
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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 661
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 950
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Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation

Jul 15, 2020 1192
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 1652
Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust…

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 carbon-neutral nature reserve.

One of the initiatives to be funded by this grant is the installation of an off-grid solar photovoltaic system to supply the new Dragonfly Hide and Education Centre.  Following the lifting of the pandemic lockdown restrictions, this new facility is now nearing completion. Approached by a boardwalk to maximise accessibility, the timber building blends into the backdrop of the nature reserve and looks out across water meadows teeming with wildlife.

Nigel Middleton, who is the Warden at Sculthorpe, is looking forward to the opening of the new facility, saying:

“We usually welcome around 20,000 visitors to the nature reserve each year, and I believe the new hide and education centre, which will feature the latest computer and audio-visual display technologies, will greatly enhance the visitor experience.” 

The second project is the installation of four electric vehicle charging points in the nature reserve’s car park. There is currently limited availability of such charging points across North Norfolk, so these are expected to find favour with the reserve’s visitors and the local community alike.

In June 2020 the staff and volunteer team at the Hawk and Owl Trust moved into new offices at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, and the air source heating system which serves this new eco-friendly timber building is the third project that has been funded by the Sheringham Shoal grant.

Adrian Blumfield is the Hawk and Owl Trust Chief Operations and Executive Director; he said:

“With 250 acres of land at Sculthorpe Moor and over 3,800 members of the Hawk and Owl Trust nationwide, this new purpose-designed building is an ideal base for all those tasked with the management and administration of the activities associated with the on-going development of a charitable organisation that was founded over 50 years ago.”

He added:

“As we strive to achieve carbon neutrality, and I think we are now somewhere between 80 to 85% of the way there, we are very grateful to the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund for its support of these three key initiatives.”

Pictured: The new Education Hide at Sculthorpe Moor