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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

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Simon Beard is the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve Can you tell us…

 Volunteers have been working on a new walkway located behind the new wildlife pond at Sculthorpe Moor.

This walkway winds its way through the concealed entrance of a natural fence; leading to a display area depicting ways in which wildlife can be encouraged in gardens. The educational area is currently under construction, updates to follow!

The volunteers who have worked tirelessly on this project include those from our gardening team who attend every Tuesday. This team supports and includes people from the Elizabeth Fitzroy Centre in the neighbouring town of Fakenham.

The Elizabeth Fitzroy Centre is a  person-focused amenity for adults with learning disabilities and autism. Some of the gardening team have been trained through the THRIVE organisation. Thrive’s strapline “using gardening to change lives” summarises the amazing work perfectly.

We are honoured to help facilitate Thrive’s work by providing an exciting range of essential reserve tasks and activities at Sculthorpe. This hard-working gardening team helps us in our conservation efforts and in turn, we provide an opportunity for these wonderful individuals to flourish and experience Sculthorpe. 

July sees the creation of a beetle bank which will encourage insects and predaceous beetles; in particular ground beetles. The horseshoe-shaped beetle bank has been created by mounding soil and covering it with grassy turf. The beetle bank’s raised profile and sheltered terrain is an ideal habitat and refuge for a number of species. You may have unknowingly seen large scale versions of this on agricultural fields. Long strips of built-up scrubland are sometimes intended as bug banks and the restricted use of pesticides on these areas encourages a more natural means of pest control for crops.

Sculthorpe’s Beetle Bank

A hibernaculum has been created close to the wildlife pond. The structure will be visible from the public walkway and is being created from a number of items including stones, rubble, pottery and piping. The hibernaculum will provide shelter and a safe haven, especially in Winter. Species that we expect to see using this feature include frogs, toads, and newts.

The materials needed for the hibernaculum are ready to go!

The volunteers who have worked on this project are doing a fantastic job and we can’t wait to update you on their progress as the wildlife pond and garden area take shape.

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