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January 13, 2022
Latest News Laura Wharton

LATE OPENING at Sculthorpe Moor

10am opening at Sculthorpe Moor... This week we will be opening at 10am Mon 17th, Tue 18th and Wed 19th. The Sculthorpe Reserve will open at a later time of 10am for visitors. This is due to essential maintenance works, the reserve will be opening as normal…
January 13, 2022
Latest News Laura Wharton

Tawny Owl Q&A with Chris Sperring MBE

Rewatch Chris Sperring MBE doing a live Q&A on Tawny Owls. Discussing typical behaviours and answering viewers questions: View the Tawny Owls live: Become an Adopt a Box member:…
January 13, 2022
Latest News Laura Wharton

Shetland Cattle: New Arrival at Sculthorpe Moor!

A Shetland calf that was expected on Christmas Day has finally arrived at Sculthorpe Moor! On 11 January 2022, the first of 4 expected calves was born in the livestock building at the Sculthorpe Reserve. The livestock building was completed in 2020 and has…

Keeping Track of Tawnies

Jan 06, 2022 195
This article was written by Chris Sperring MBE for the Spring/Summer edition of Peregrine…
They're back!
We are delighted to present to you the return of the live Tawny Owl cam streaming from the Hawk and Owl Trust's Sculthorpe Moor Reserve.
We're sure this feed will prove as popular as it did last season as it follows the journey of Sculthorpe's breeding pair of Tawny Owls.

Earlier in 2021, we announced that eggs were laid in March; one of these two eggs successfully hatched and the branching stage was reported in May. A few lucky visitors spotted the perched owlet deep in Sculthorpe's woodland (See image below). Tawny Owls lay a clutch of 2-3 eggs, but unlike some other species will only have one brood.
On one of our annual glow-worm walks in July the owlet was noted boldly exploring its territory on the reserve and was tracked by a thermal imaging scope during one of these late-night events. The Owl remained with us for most of the walk, keeping to the safety of the trees but remaining highly inquisitive!

Image: Katy Smith
In late Summer and Early Autumn, sightings dwindled as anticipated. In August and September Tawny owls typically begin distribution. This is where the owlets get their adult voices (their plumage is already mature at this point) and the parents begin to assert independence (time for the juvenile to leave home!) and the now mature owlets move on to find their own territory.
August and September is also the time of year when Tawny Owls become notably more vocal as they call out to other owls (and if you have ever had the joy of being close by - seemingly the entire world!) commenting on their territory. Male Tawnies hold claim to the stereotypical "Hoo Hoooo" call and the females respond and even duet with the male with a "Quewek!". A fantastic resource for hearing these calls can be found on the BTO website:
This amber-list species has approximately 50,000 breeding pairs and we are delighted to have a successful pair at Sculthorpe Moor. We are happy to be able to present the live feed once again! 
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