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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 1248
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It is with great sadness that the North Somerset Hawk and Owl Trust group have decided to…

Norwich Cathedral - Ringing Update

May 17, 2021 2742
The Trust had always planned to ring the Norwich Peregrines this year. Ringing must take…

Sculthorpe Moor Reserve Update - May 2021

May 12, 2021 1025
May brings mixed weather, new projects and lots of hatching! Pictured: The addition of…

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 2099
In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021).…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 4944
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines are currently in incubation stage after laying a total…

Creating & Conserving Habitats Through Land Management

Apr 06, 2021 1284
Creating and conserving habitats through land management at Sculthorpe MoorImage: Steve…

2021 Norwich Cathedral Watchpoint Update

Mar 23, 2021 3657
Norwich Cathedral 2021
Norwich Cathedral 2021 Watchpoint Update At present, the Trust remains in a lockdown…
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 'branching' stage of Tawnies!
 
Chris Sperring MBE noted that this is a classic example of a branching bird. The bird wants to get out of the nest and start jumping from tree to tree, and as a result, they do fall down! The best thing to do if you see this is to leave them where they are.
At this stage, they are strong enough to climb and may get parental help if they are left undisturbed.
At this point in their development, they are close to flying, but not fully able to. Branching is a way for them to build strength. Barn Owls tend to stay in the nest for as long as possible but Tawnies will branch at 4-5 weeks old. It will be about a month following this before Tawny Owls can actually fly.
Branching stage (also know as brancher stage) is an important stage for the Tawny Owls to familiarise themselves with their wild surroundings. They are vulnerable at this stage, but the best thing to do if ever you see a lone Tawny Owl chick is to give it space and leave it alone, often the parent birds are close by.
Chris said that a great slogan to recall for Tawny Owl chicks is ‘if you find me leave me alone’
 
 
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