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June 15, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe's Partridge Project

Recently a new Partridge project launched at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve. This educational project is in conjunction with three local primary schools in Norfolk. The project's aim is to spark interest in conservation by providing real life updates from the…
May 26, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Artificial Hobby Nests Installed at Sculthorpe

Artificial Hobby Nests Installed at Sculthorpe With the recent arrival of four Hobbies at Sculthorpe Moor, the reserve were keen to encourage them to stay on site. Working closely with the Norfolk Ornithological Association a number of Hobby baskets were…
May 25, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe Events - Summer Season 2021

A host of new Summer season events has been announced at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Reserve. The list of events includes after-hours Summer glow-worm walks, ‘Senior Saunters’ guided walks, and wildflower walks amongst other fantastic events...…

The End of an Era in Somerset

May 20, 2021 1250
It is with great sadness that the North Somerset Hawk and Owl Trust group have decided to…

Norwich Cathedral - Ringing Update

May 17, 2021 2747
The Trust had always planned to ring the Norwich Peregrines this year. Ringing must take…

Sculthorpe's Tawny Owl in 'Branching' Stage

May 13, 2021 962
Lilly Dollman spotted Sculthorpe's Tawny chick whilst carrying out routine checks at the…

Meet the Team - Simon Beard

Apr 27, 2021 1067
Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve Can you tell us…

Reserves and Hides are Open!

Apr 14, 2021 1564
The Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Reserves reopened fully on Monday 12th April 2021. On…

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303

Apr 14, 2021 1341
Kestrel Highways Project update on A303 An update on the A303 Kestrel Highways Project in…

Bath Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 2100
In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021).…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 4945
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines are currently in incubation stage after laying a total…

Creating & Conserving Habitats Through Land Management

Apr 06, 2021 1286
Creating and conserving habitats through land management at Sculthorpe MoorImage: Steve…

2021 Norwich Cathedral Watchpoint Update

Mar 23, 2021 3659
Norwich Cathedral 2021
Norwich Cathedral 2021 Watchpoint Update At present, the Trust remains in a lockdown…

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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