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July 22, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Partridge Project Update: The Release

The Partridges have been released into their next stage of life on the Sculthorpe Reserve! Lilly Dollman Project Co-Ordinator releases the Partridges into their new meadow pen. The native species of English Partridge have been relocated from ‘Partridge…
July 20, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Changing Landscapes Trail Launches at Sculthorpe Moor!

A new trail has been launched at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Volunteers preparing the beautiful paintings for display in our hides The Changing Landscapes trail reflects on birds, the history of raptor conservation and highlights how the Hawk and Owl…
July 15, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Shapwick Reserve Summer Update

Simon Beard provides a Summer update from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Shapwick Reserve The wet weather this year has set timings back by about two weeks. Wildflowers on the Shapwick Reserve are behind meaning a knock-on effect for some of the important June…

Meet the Team - Simon Beard

Apr 27, 2021 1482
Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve Can you tell us…

Here we find ourselves in week one of Lockdown 2 at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve in Norfolk. Running on a skeleton crew the reserve is closed to the public and missing its visitors and its merry team of volunteers.

[The boardwalks are graced more by the beautiful autumn leaves than feet this week!]

Last week volunteers were busy tying loose ends and getting various projects to a pausable state. This included work on the new Dragonfly Hide, the aim to tick jobs off the todo list and cover the beautiful internal floors with one last coat so that it could be left to cure over the lockdown period. We were very happy to get our beautiful dragonfly installed just in time!

[Huge thanks to the talented Michael Turner for creating this beautiful piece]

We even had the pleasure of welcoming a new resident to the recently completed livestock building. One lucky Barn Owl has made this state of the art abode their new home and is settling in nicely to its own Barn Owl box.

[All settled in. A new feathered inhabitant is enjoying its new-build apartment]

This week preparation for the installation of a natural fence around the new wildlife pond is being made. A solo job that requires the use of bamboo cane markers and a keen and imaginative eye for how the finished structure may look. Behind this natural screen, we will create an exciting wildlife garden which will be used to educate visitors on how to make their own gardens and outside spaces into wildlife-friendly ones!

[The colours are stunning at this time of year. Get out there and explore!]

The reserve is very peaceful at the moment and we are hopeful that we will be back to normal once the second lockdown has come to an end. Those of us lucky enough to be able to enjoy the reserve at this time are grateful to have access to this incredible outside space. Hopefully, the photos featured will encourage you to spend time outdoors, whether that’s your own garden, a green space, or a walk down the street. Being outside in the fresh air is just the ticket during the darker months!


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