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May 17, 2021
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Norwich Cathedral - Ringing Update

The Trust had always planned to ring the Norwich Peregrines this year. Ringing must take place within a limited time frame. The events this weekend have brought this into question. The Trust, as part of the process, has consulted and listened to several…
May 13, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe's Tawny Owl in 'Branching' Stage

Lilly Dollman spotted Sculthorpe's Tawny chick whilst carrying out routine checks at the Sculthorpe Reserve yesterday. She managed to capture this great footage of the branching bird and we're delighted to share it with you as a means of explaining the…
May 12, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe Moor Reserve Update - May 2021

May brings mixed weather, new projects and lots of hatching! Pictured: The addition of handrails completes the reserves new entry point. Just past the recently completed entrance to the Sculthorpe Reserve volunteers have added the final addition of handrails…

Meet the Team - Simon Beard

Apr 27, 2021 478
Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve Can you tell us…

Reserves and Hides are Open!

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The Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Reserves reopened fully on Monday 12th April 2021. On…

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303

Apr 14, 2021 838
Kestrel Highways Project update on A303 An update on the A303 Kestrel Highways Project in…

Bath Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 1388
In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021).…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 3588
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines are currently in incubation stage after laying a total…

Creating & Conserving Habitats Through Land Management

Apr 06, 2021 867
Creating and conserving habitats through land management at Sculthorpe MoorImage: Steve…

2021 Norwich Cathedral Watchpoint Update

Mar 23, 2021 3014
Norwich Cathedral 2021
Norwich Cathedral 2021 Watchpoint Update At present, the Trust remains in a lockdown…

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

Feb 23, 2021 1546
Nigel Middleton recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the Hawk and Owl Trust.…

Peregrine Project – Norwich Cathedral - January 2021

Jan 19, 2021 21105
The Hawk and Owl Trust have visited Norwich Cathedral this month to clean and check the…

Promising Activity Reported at Bath Peregrine Site

Jan 13, 2021 2190
Hamish Smith has reported some promising activity at the Bath Peregrine site at St.…

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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