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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 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...…
May 20, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

The End of an Era in Somerset

It is with great sadness that the North Somerset Hawk and Owl Trust group have decided to step down. Currently, there is nobody available to step into the shoes of the committee and group activities in North Somerset have come to an end, marking the end of an…

Norwich Cathedral - Ringing Update

May 17, 2021 2742
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 961
Lilly Dollman spotted Sculthorpe's Tawny chick whilst carrying out routine checks at the…

Sculthorpe Moor Reserve Update - May 2021

May 12, 2021 1026
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…

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 already being stored at the reserve, and with the addition of some extra nest lining (moss) they were ready to install!

Image: Laura Wharton. A moss-lined Hobby basket could prove itself tempting to Sculthorpe's latest visitors

These baskets were originally created around 8 years ago at an event hosted at Norwich Castle. Based on a design for artificial nests that were pioneered by David and Don Garner in the late 1980s. Hobbies are amongst a number of birds that will repurpose old and abandoned nests, usually unattended due big gaps in the old nests that pose the risk of small eggs falling out through the holes.

Image: Andy Thompson. One of the four Hobbies recently spotted over the reserve’s wetlands

In some areas, preloved nests are a rare commodity so the introduction of artificial nests that recreate the premade twiggy structure are used to encourage breeding. In the case of Sculthorpe, the environment is ideal for the visiting Hobbies with plenty of land and open skies to hunt and thrive in. The only thing lacking was perfectly positioned nests!

Image: Lilly Dollman. Secured with cable ties the artificial nest is attached to a tall and exposed tree

The Hobby baskets have been installed in a part of the reserve called the Moor Plantation which is close to our wetland area. Four Hobbies have been sighted in this area recently so it was decided that this was the ideal location to place the artificial nests.

Image: Lilly Dollman. Expert tree climber Callum is experienced in installing high-up habitats

Pictured below is a diagram illustrating the ideal situation for artificial nests for different species of birds. Hobbies are ideally suited near the top of an isolated tree or one that is close to the edge of woodland or forest overlooking open farmland or heathland.

Image: Taken from “Boxes, Baskets and Platforms: Artificial Nest Sites for Owls and Other Birds of Prey”

The information and guidance on the artificial baskets and how to install them was taken from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s “Boxes, Baskets and Platforms: Artificial Nest Sites for Owls and Other Birds of Prey” book. A few second-hand copies are available on Amazon, and when purchased through Amazon Smile a donation will be made to the Hawk and Owl Trust: 


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