Yearly Archives: 2008

Sculthorpe Visitor Centre Highly Commended by Norfolk CPRE

More Recognition for new Education and Visitor Centre

At the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk Awards On 11 November 2008, the new Education and Visitor Centre at Sculthorpe Moor was awarded the Highly Commended certificate.

Nigel Middleton, Leanne Thomas and Peter Cooper receiving the award on behalf of the Trust.

The CPRE awards are sponsored by Targetfollow Group Ltd.

Villagers Raise £100 for Homeless Owls

Cash Thanks for Trust’s Prompt Help A fire that destroyed a barn owl pair’s nest this summer keeps bringing Trust conservation officer Chris Sperring back to the Somerset village of Compton Dundon. After the owls’ home in a hay barn was destroyed Chris erected a new nestbox nearby and villagers hoped the pair would breedContinue Reading

Marsh Harrier Chicks on Camera in 2008

Intimate Views of Rare Bird of Prey and Young in the Nest The marsh harrier was the star on the closed-circuit TV cameras at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, north Norfolk. It has also been featuring on BBC TV’s Springwatch. Click here to see their first weeks from recorded webcamContinue Reading

Trust Pilots Roadside Kestrel Project

Plan for 240 Kestrel Nest Boxes in Neighbourhood of 240 miles of Highway Kestrel Highways is a Hawk and Owl Trust project to find out whether lack of nesting sites is the reason for the falcon’s dramatic decline. Backed by funding from the renowned conservationist Dr Luc Hoffmann, it will establish whether providing nestboxes inContinue Reading

Beer Sales Boost Trust

Barn Owl Ale Sold Through Tesco A specialist brewery has pledged 1p to the Hawk and Owl Trust for every bottle of its Barn Owl Ale sold through Tesco supermarkets in the Southwest. Cotleigh Brewery, based in Wiveliscombe, Somerset has been a supporter of the Trust since the early 1990s. Most of its beers areContinue Reading

Red-backed Shrike at Fylingdales

Rare Visitor to North York Moors Notable sightings of birds of prey over Fylingdales Moor in 2008 include osprey, marsh harrier, red kite and hen harrier. There was also great excitement at a very rare visitor, a magnificent male red-backed shrike, which is now extinct as a breeding bird in Britain. Other welcome sightings includedContinue Reading

WildSounds Customers Raise £500

Cash Helps Conservation Work Conservation work at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Reserve has received another generous boost from WildSounds, the leading supplier of multimedia guides and wildlife books. The £500 was raised from customers purchasing items through the Birdwatching Magazine Bookshop, which is organised by WildSounds, plus an additional top up fromContinue Reading

Pupils Plant Juniper Trees

Enthusiasts from Fyling Hall School Help Conserve Fylingdales Moor Pupils at Fyling Hall School, Fylingthorpe, have been helping restore the habitat of Fylingdales Moor, nearly 3,000 hectares of the North York Moors which the Trust is managing as a conservation area. Some of Year 9 joined tree specialist Peter Woods, Hawk and Owl Trust chairmanContinue Reading

Habitat Restoration Gathers Pace

Volunteers and Staff Strive to Bring Back Traditional Landscape Restoration of Shapwick Moor, the Trust’s new reserve on the Somerset Levels, has just moved several steps forward, with the southern side now re-seeded to restore flower-rich grassland and thousands of hedging plants growing strongly. The plan is to re-seed the northern side in the autumn.Continue Reading