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February 23, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Nigel Middleton - 20 Years at the Hawk and Owl Trust!

Nigel Middleton recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the Hawk and Owl Trust. To mark this we decided to interview Nigel remotely with a cup of tea in hand via Facetime on a rather snowy February afternoon. The resulting interview provides a…
January 19, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Peregrine Project – Norwich Cathedral - January 2021

The Hawk and Owl Trust have visited Norwich Cathedral this month to clean and check the Peregrine box. We are happy to report that everything is ready for the 2021 peregrine season! Aspect of Norwich Cathedrals spire, home to the Norwich Peregrines!Credit:…
January 13, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Promising Activity Reported at Bath Peregrine Site

Hamish Smith has reported some promising activity at the Bath Peregrine site at St. Johns. Could this be a potential pairing for Bath’s 2021 season? St.Johns peering over the local rugby ground in Bath. I’ve been following the dynamic at the church since the…

Shapwick Moor Update

Jan 12, 2021 731
Simon Beard kindly updates the Hawk and Owl Trust on the Winter period so far at the…

Sculthorpe Reserve - Closed

Dec 24, 2020 712
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve Further to the Government announcement Norfolk will be…

Welcoming back the Ghost of the Moor

Dec 20, 2020 765
Welcoming back the ghost of the moor Written by Shaila Rao, Ecologist…

The Hen Harrier Satellite Tagging Project: Case study - Sorrel

Dec 16, 2020 1186
Looking back on Hen Harrier Sorrel’s journeying to dateAuthor: Hamish Smith As the Hawk…

A year in the life at Sculthorpe Moor

Dec 09, 2020 718
A year in the life of the Hawk and Owl Trusts Nature Reserve at Sculthorpe Moor in…

Great Progress on New Sculthorpe Walkway

Dec 09, 2020 728
Great Progress on New Sculthorpe WalkwayThe new walkway joins onto the Woodland Loop…

Sculthorpe Reserve Winter Opening Times 2020

Dec 08, 2020 641
Winter Opening Times Sculthorpe Reserve Winter and Spring Opening Times 2020 /2021 The…

Sculthorpe is Open! 8/12/20

Dec 08, 2020 619
Our Sculthorpe Reserve is open today! 8/12/20 We're happy to inform you that the reserve…

Lockdown 2 Update from Sculthorpe Moor (week 4)

Dec 02, 2020 767
Our fourth and final Lockdown 2 update from Sculthorpe Moor brings news of reopening,…

Hawk and Owl Trust Christmas Gift Guide

Dec 02, 2020 1446
Hawk and Owl Trust Christmas Gift Guide This year there are plenty of options to choose…

Katherine Hewkin is the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.

Katherine taking great care of the 2020 yews

Can you tell us about your role at the  Hawk and Owl Trust?

I’m the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.  No two days are the same. My role is really varied and it’s hard to describe a set day. As an example, it might range from checking our livestock to doing practical habitat management or helping with warden duties and infrastructure work.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy how each day is different and that I get to work outside in a lovely place with good people, doing a job I care about. I’m very lucky to work around wildlife on a daily basis.

What were you doing beforehand?

I graduated from the Cornwall Campus of Exeter University in 2018 with a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology. It was a brilliant place to study wildlife because there are so many different habitats right on its doorstep. Before working at Sculthorpe, I completed a 12-month voluntary internship as a Conservation Assistant at Dartmoor.

Is that where you grew up?

No, I grew up in Norfolk, about half an hour away from Sculthorpe  Moor Nature Reserve, so I’m local to the community, land and wildlife.

Were you always interested in conservation?

Yes, I’ve always been interested in the environment and what lives in it, and I always wanted a job that I cared about and made a difference.  I feel very lucky to be able to work outside every day and do something  I enjoy so much.

Last question... what’s your favourite bird?

It’s hard to pick a favourite bird! They all have their own characters which are unique to them and I honestly like them all. If I had to get down to a top three, it would be:

-Barn Owls (they are always special to watch, and I’ve grown up looking out for them).

-House Martins (they remind me of summer evenings, and I could watch them for hours).  

-Blackbirds (they are such a familiar sight and I like their cheeky nature).

As featured in Peregrine no.110 Spring/Summer 2020. Peregrine is the Hawk and Owl Trusts twice-yearly magazine publication. Peregrine is distributed free to members, for more information on becoming a member find out more here:

nterview: Charlie Thompson, 2020 Editor of Peregrine Magazine


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