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April 14, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Reserves and Hides are Open!

The Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Reserves reopened fully on Monday 12th April 2021. On Monday morning Nigel Middleton took great pleasure in changing Sculthorpe’s ‘Closed’ sign to display its ‘Open’ message. Throughout the day the reserve welcomed happy…
April 14, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303 An update on the A303 Kestrel Highways Project in Wiltshire which covers 30 miles of the hinterland bordering the A 303, from Mere to Andover. The current Kestrel Conservation Status is Amber, which means that there is…
April 07, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Bath Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021). Based on data from recent years Hamish Smith anticipates that hatching will happen during the week of the 1st May. In Summary:Egg 1 was laid 18.39 24th March Egg 2 was laid…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 1237
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines are currently in incubation stage after laying a total…

2021 Norwich Cathedral Watchpoint Update

Mar 23, 2021 2133
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 1136
Nigel Middleton recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the Hawk and Owl Trust.…

Meet the Team - Katherine Hewkin

Jan 27, 2021 1142
Katherine Hewkin is the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature…

Peregrine Project – Norwich Cathedral - January 2021

Jan 19, 2021 13117
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 1788
Hamish Smith has reported some promising activity at the Bath Peregrine site at St.…

Shapwick Moor Update

Jan 12, 2021 1323
Simon Beard kindly updates the Hawk and Owl Trust on the Winter period so far at the…

Sculthorpe Reserve - Closed

Dec 24, 2020 1231
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve Further to the Government announcement Norfolk will be…

Welcoming back the Ghost of the Moor

Dec 20, 2020 1354
Welcoming back the ghost of the moor Written by Shaila Rao, Ecologist…

The Hen Harrier Satellite Tagging Project: Case study - Sorrel

Dec 16, 2020 1692
Looking back on Hen Harrier Sorrel’s journeying to dateAuthor: Hamish Smith As the Hawk…

Creating and conserving habitats through land management at Sculthorpe Moor


Image: Steve Norris. Arial shot of the wetlands area in December 2020

As work continues on new parts of the reserve Nigel Middleton, Conservation Officer & Reserve Manager for the Hawk and Owl Trust has reported sightings of a Great White Egret, Oystercatchers, and Lapwings in the recently created wetlands area. For a couple of days Pintails have recently frequented the site and Teals have also been present, but as the water level drops these will move on to more suitable territory.

Although Sculthorpe has Little White Egret sightings, the appearance of a Great White Egret at the reserve is markedly exciting. This species, although not uncommon, is being seen more and more across the UK. Particularly in Spring and Summer as this is a migratory bird. 


Image: Lilly Dollman. The wetlands in summer - June 2020

Currently, in development (and not accessible to the public just yet!) the large waterbed of the Wetlands has been created with a water control sluice. After recent flooding at the Sculthorpe Reserve, the sluice was used to allow water levels to drop and reveal exposed patches of gravel. This has resulted in the perfect environment for Lapwings to hopefully thrive. We will update you on their future success on our new Wetlands.

Also a migratory bird, a deceit of wintering Lapwings can be a very impressive sight. Particularly in the Somerset Levels where numbers can become quite large, sometimes Lapwings can be seen at our Shapwick Reserve. With the birds preferring wetlands and spring-sown crops we only ever anticipate that the birds will be with us for breeding seasons before heading elsewhere for Winter.

As the Sculthorpe Reserve presents more and more opportunities for habitat creation it seemingly demonstrates the success of land management for conservation. If you would like to contribute to our wetlands project or donate to our ongoing work please visit: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9452#!/DonationDetails

Image: Martin Hayward-Smith. The start of the wetlands project at Sculthorpe Moor in September 2019

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