Yearly Archives: 2010

New Trust Group for Dorset

Launch on 26 November at Sparkford

Owl enthusiast Cherry Barlow is launching a new local group of the Hawk and Owl Trust in Dorset and South Somerset and hopes to galvanise fellow nature lovers in the area to join in the Trust’s conservation work and get together to improve their own knowledge and understanding.

Cherry (right), of Marnhull, North Dorset, hopes to attract members from her own county and South Somerset. The group will be launched at a special meeting in the Sparkford Inn, High Street, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JH on Friday 26 November 2010 at 7.30 pm.

Hawk and Owl Trust conservation officer Chris Sperring MBE will kick off the meeting with an illustrated talk about the work of the Trust.

Cherry, a keen Hawk and Owl Trust member, aims to involve people in the area in building, erecting and monitoring owl and kestrel nestboxes. She hopes to be able to attract youngsters to the delights of active conservation.

“We will visit local wood mills to collect timber that can be recycled into nestboxes,” she says. “Even if people aren’t very handy they should be able to glue and screw the boxes.”

She plans regular meetings at Sparkford on the third Thursday of the month during winter and a series of outdoor meetings and walks for the rest of the year.

Cherry became interested in natural history as a child.

“I was inspired by a flock of waxwings that visited our New Forest garden,” she recalls. “My parents were great friends with naturalists Oliver Kite and Peter Scott.”

Anyone interested in joining the new Hawk and Owl Trust Dorset and South Somerset group can contact Cherry on 01258 820754 or email

Don’t Cut the Countryside

Charities’ Message to Government The Hawk and Owl Trust joined fellow members of umbrella group Wildlife and Countryside Link to warn the government against cuts to conservation budgets. Their message was: “England’s conservation organisations have joined forces to paint a grim picture of a countryside starved of money by budget cut”s”. On the 30th anniversary… Continue Reading

Harriers Nest for 2010 Season

Two Marsh Harrier Females Sit Tight Two marsh harrier nests are currently active at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, Norfolk, where Hawk and Owl Trust conservationists hope that once again chicks from this endangered species wil be raised successfully. One of the two brooding females has been returning to Sculthorpe for the last four breeding… Continue Reading

Young Eels Join Reserve

Elver Release Helps Endangered Species Reedbed and fen is ideal habitat for many rare plants and animals including our native European eel which has become critically endangered in recent years. The Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve in Norfolk is an important area of inland valley fen, nationally and internationally recognized as… Continue Reading

New President for Trust

Chris Packham succeeds Liza Goddard Television wildlife presenter Chris Packham succeeded actor Liza Goddard as President of the Hawk and Owl Trust in April 2010. Liza has just headed a highly successful 40th anniversary appeal for the wildlife charity as the culmination of nine years in the role. “She has been a tremendous, active advocate… Continue Reading