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September 17, 2021
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We are recruiting

Due to the pending retirement of our Membership Officer we are now recruiting for a new Membership and Visitor Centre Manager. Visitors and our members are a vital part of what we do. As a charity, every penny we raise goes back into the continued…
September 15, 2021
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Otter Activity at Sculthorpe!

We’ve had a number of sightings over the past few weeks of Sculthorpe’s resident Otters... Warden Tim Harris spotted the Otters on his rounds Tim Harris got these great shots of the Otters swimming in the water at Sculthorpe Moor We appear to now have a glut…

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 to the main gate. Leading on to the yellow pathway visitors will now be able to spot the finished natural hedge that curves around the back of the wildlife pond which was created by volunteers and staff.


Pictured: During and after. A natural fence has been constructed at the back of the wildlife pond.

At Dragonfly Hide a secret carpet of red sedum is flourishing over the rood of this newly opened hide. This hide is already being enjoyed by our visitors and is open for the public to use.

Pictured: The beautiful hue of sedum can only be seen from above!

At the entrance to the Woodland Loop, work has started on repairing the slip wire on the reserve’s walkways. Time and weather have meant that some of these panels are no longer performing and volunteers are busily securing 40 new panels. 

Pictured: 1 down 39 to go! Volunteers begin work on slip wire replacements.

Just past The Ride and before the woodland a Moorhen has nested and successfully laid eggs in the reeds by the public walkway. Keen eyes will be able to spot these, but please leave space if you manage to see them!

Pictured: A nest full of Moorhen eggs along the water’s edge

A new team of 'Bird Box Boosters' has been formed at Sculthorpe Moor. A member of staff and a group of volunteers have been identifying, checking, and assessing the reserve’s bird boxes across the 200-acre site. Their first outing took place this week and some of them were lucky enough to see one of our recent inhabitants- the Tawny Owl chick. Other birds and nests that were spotted included, a Red Kite nest, Blue Tits, and a colony of bees in a Kestrel box amongst other specimens!

Video: Lily Dolman spotted Sclthorpe's Tawny Owl Chick.
It is typical behaviour for Tawny Owl chicks to fall from the nest early on. The parent birds will be close by providing food and keeping an eye on them. The chicks are very capable at this age, and although unable to fly they prove themselves to be good climbers, as seen in this video.

The general vibe around the reserve, particularly on warmer days, is that of Sculthorpe birds and other inhabitants busying themselves as hatching and rearing of young comes into full force. It’s certainly a hub of birdsong and rustling as you make your way around the reserve!


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