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February 12, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

An Illustrated Talk with Zoe Smith - Braintree Wildlife Group

Braintree Wildlife Group are hosting an illustrated talk with Zoe Smith our Urban Peregrine Project Officer on the 18th February 2020 at St.Andrews Church Hall in Halstead. Entry is £3 donation on the door, no booking required! More information on this…
February 10, 2020
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Sculthorpe Moor - Monday 10th February

Monday 10th February. We are sorry, but Sculthorpe Moor will be shut all day. We have two trees down across the entrance lane, normal service should be resumed on Tuesday 11th.
February 09, 2020
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Sunday 9th February - Sculthorpe Moor

We are sorry due to the high winds Sculthorpe Moor will be shut today.

Events Update: Beginner and Intermediate Photography Courses at Sculthorpe

Feb 04, 2020 154
Join reputable wildlife photographer Steve Norris for beginner and intermediate day…

Events update: Peregrine Watchpoint Training Sessions

Feb 04, 2020 163
The 2020 Peregrine Watchpoint training sessions have been confirmed. These sessions have…

Kestrel Highways Project Update

Feb 03, 2020 135
Last week volunteers replaced some of the Kestrel boxes at Worston House in Highbridge.…

Job Vacancy: Norfolk Urban Peregrines Project Assistant

Jan 28, 2020 901
We're currently recruiting for a Peregrines Project Assistant. The aim of the post is to…

Waxwing at Sculthorpe!

Jan 28, 2020 335
It has been an exciting week at Sculthorpe as a beautiful guest visitor decided to stop…

Sculthorpe Moor Open

Jan 21, 2020 320
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Thank you to everyone for the support shown during the recent flooding. We are now open…

Tree Planting at Shapwick Moor

Jan 17, 2020 178
Tree planting in progress at Shapwick Moor this through the generous donation of a local…

Sculthorpe Moor Closed

Jan 16, 2020 437
We are sorry but Sculthorpe will be closed on until Monday 20th January due to 2 - 3 feet…

Work for the Hawk and Owl Trust

Jan 14, 2020 327
We are now advertising for a Assistant Peregrine Officer for the 2020 season at the…

Sculthorpe Moor - update 27th December

Dec 26, 2019 358
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Sculthorpe is open 8-4 today. Last entry 3pm.
The pair of Norwich Peregrines on the nest box. The pair of Norwich Peregrines on the nest box. Camera grab. Copyright Hawk and Owl Trust

The Norwich Cathedral webcam has a sound function which, although originally working, has not worked since shortly after the camera was installed. On Wednesday 6 February, Hawk and Owl Trust accessed the camera to attempt to solve this problem. This revealed that while the camera itself is fully functioning, the aged infrastructure and wiring of the system as a whole has deteriorated greatly. Working afterwards with the software company that developed the camera we discovered that sound will not be an option until such times as the camera, wiring and infrastructure are completely replaced. A major and extremely expensive job, with significant disturbance implications for the birds.

Although having sound increases the enjoyment for followers of the nest camera, it adds nothing to the scientific reason the camera is there and is not necessary for that. Indeed, most nest cameras (including the other Hawk and Owl Trust one at Bath) do not have a sound function. As it is not a priority, or necessity, for the Trust’s work this remedial work will not be carried out until it becomes a necessity and then only at a suitable time outside of the breeding season.

Please bear in mind that physically accessing the camera system is not easy or straightforward, and the presence of anybody near the nest platform cannot fail to disturb the Peregrines. At this point in the breeding season we will not be investigating the system any further.

We hope that despite this you continue to thoroughly enjoy the stunning high definition video feed from the Norwich cathedral pair, and we are all waiting with bated breath for the start of the 2019 nesting attempt.