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July 22, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Partridge Project Update: The Release

The Partridges have been released into their next stage of life on the Sculthorpe Reserve! Lilly Dollman Project Co-Ordinator releases the Partridges into their new meadow pen. The native species of English Partridge have been relocated from ‘Partridge…
July 20, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Changing Landscapes Trail Launches at Sculthorpe Moor!

A new trail has been launched at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Volunteers preparing the beautiful paintings for display in our hides The Changing Landscapes trail reflects on birds, the history of raptor conservation and highlights how the Hawk and Owl…
July 15, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Shapwick Reserve Summer Update

Simon Beard provides a Summer update from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Shapwick Reserve The wet weather this year has set timings back by about two weeks. Wildflowers on the Shapwick Reserve are behind meaning a knock-on effect for some of the important June…

Meet the Team - Simon Beard

Apr 27, 2021 1482
Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve Can you tell us…

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 reserve highlighting the lifecycle of the native Partridge. From egg to chick and eventual release onto our Sculthorpe Reserve, pupils will actively follow the progress of 13 English Partridge eggs. 

Image: The Partridge eggs have recently been placed into an incubator. The progress of the eggs will be monitored and reported to the schools involved with this project.

Image: Candling the eggs. Project coordinator Lilly Dollman checks the embryo in each of the eggs. The blank space you can see beneath the shell is the air sack, also visible are the veins, and the dark area is where the Grey Partridge chick is forming!

Image: The chicks will be right at home in our special Partridge Palace which is situated close to Lilly Dollman’s office space so she can keep a close eye on the Partridge hatchlings.

Once hatched and ready for release the reserve is hoping to invite the children to visit their chicks as they are released onto Sculthorpe’s wildflower meadow. This meadow will provide the perfect habitat for these native birds.

If you are a local school that would be interested in registering for one of our educational projects, please submit your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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