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May 17, 2021
Latest News Super User

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…

Reserves and Hides are Open!

Apr 14, 2021 1026
The Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Reserves reopened fully on Monday 12th April 2021. On…

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303

Apr 14, 2021 840
Kestrel Highways Project update on A303 An update on the A303 Kestrel Highways Project in…

Bath Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 1390
In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021).…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 3592
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 1548
Nigel Middleton recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the Hawk and Owl Trust.…

Meet the Team - Katherine Hewkin

Jan 27, 2021 1411
Katherine Hewkin is the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature…

Peregrine Project – Norwich Cathedral - January 2021

Jan 19, 2021 21123
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 2191
Hamish Smith has reported some promising activity at the Bath Peregrine site at St.…

Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve 

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

As the only staff member at Shapwick Moor, my role is incredibly varied, and no two days are the same. I manage the practical work that needs doing and allocate volunteer teams to these tasks. It might be as mundane as filling bird feeders, clearing vegetation or fixing broken gates. On other days, it might involve ditch edge clearing or planting hedges. 

The Hawk and Owl Trust is part of partnership of conservation organisations on the Avalon Marshes and I help organise and support the joint public events that we host for visits to the area.

What do you love most about your role? 

That no two days are ever the same. Often the 'unexpected' events that occur (fallen trees, escaped livestock, collapsing paths, etc.) result in plans needing to be changed at the drop of a hat.

What were you doing beforehand? 

Before working on the Avalon Marshes, I was a teacher. I managed science departments and became a deputy of a large school.

When I’m not working on the reserve, I still carry out teacher training roles for Exeter University. I have two degrees in Ecology and after leaving full-time education and teaching, I worked for the RSPB and Natural England.

What got you into conservation? 

As a child, I was always fascinated by wildlife. Family trips to the New Forest gave me the opportunities to discover things for myself and I still find great pleasure in discovering species in new places and locations.

Last question… what’s your favourite bird? 

I love the European mountains and watching some of the larger vultures that inhabit the Alps and Pyrenees still give me huge satisfaction. The sight of a Lammergeier effortlessly soaring over a mountain peak is something I can never see enough of.

As featured in Peregrine no.113 Autumn / Winter 2020. Peregrine is the Hawk and Owl Trust twice-yearly magazine publication. Peregrine is distributed free to members, for more information on becoming a member find out more here: 

Interview: Charlie Thompson Editor of 2020 Peregrine Magazine.


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