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Yearly Archives: 2011

Reserve Scoops £6,000 NatWest CommunityForce Award

Bank Customers Vote for Reserve

The Hawk and Owl Trust is celebrating a £6,000 North Norfolk NatWest CommunityForce award for Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve.

In July 2011 NatWest and RBS launched CommunityForce, a new initiative to help support local charities, organisations and groups, to raise publicity for their work and attract volunteers. The programme also provided the opportunity for three groups in each of the banks’ 158 CommunityForce areas to win awards of £6,000 each. Organisations and charities applied for awards during the summer and an online public vote took place to decide which three organisations in each area would receive the awards.

Around 7000 eligible charities and community projects in the UK applied to take part in CommunityForce and over 450,000 votes were cast.

Nigel Middleton, Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the Eastern Region said:

“Being voted the winner in the CommunityForce Award has given an enormous boost to our fundraising efforts. We are really hoping to buy some specialist machinery to help us make sustainable use of the fen vegetation we have to cut each year and this money will make a great start towards the amount we have to raise.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who voted for us in the awards.”

CommunityForce, which forms part of the bank’s Customer Charter, offers organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, local charities and projects became part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area. NatWest and RBS staff are also getting involved by volunteering their time and expertise.

Andrew Ingham, NatWest’s Local CEO for North Norfolk, said:

’We had a fantastic response to CommunityForce and it’s clear that people in the local area are very passionate about these good causes. Local residents voted for Hawk and Owl Trust, Stalham Community Gym and Cromer Youth Football Club in great numbers and this certainly demonstrates how important these projects are to the community.”

Find out more about Community Force here.

Sign e-petition to Protect Birds of Prey

Tighten law against employers connected to persecution An independent e-petition has been posted on the UK government website calling for Vicarious Liability for raptor persecution in England. This would mean that landowners/employers who encourage, allow or turn a blind eye to bird of prey persecution by their staff can themselves be prosecuted. This measure is…Continue Reading

Short-eared Owl Rescued

Exhausted migrant released on Sculthorpe Moor reserve A short-eared owl found exhausted in Norfolk needed a helping hand after its journey from Scandinavia. The Hawk and Owl Trust was contacted when the owl was found some distance inland from the sea, unable to fly any further. The owl was examined and found to be uninjured…Continue Reading

New Norwich Peregrine Nestcam

Video Camera Installed 75 Metres up Norwich Cathedral Spire The Hawk and Owl Trust have installed new cameras next to the peregrine nesting platform high on the spire of Norwich Cathedral. The new cameras should give stunning views of the pair of peregrines which have taken up residence at the Cathedral. Staff and volunteers from…Continue Reading

Rare Solitary Mining Bee on Moor

Andrena tarsata discovered by researcher on Fylingdales Bees were among the wildlife highlights of Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire, in the summer of 2011. A small colony of the rare solitary mining bee Andrena tarsata (pictured) was discovered there by Louise Hislop, who is doing a two-year study of this Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species in…Continue Reading

New Reach for Harrier Roost Survey

Long-running study links in with Natural England project The long-running Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey, which the Trust has supported for many years, is extending its reach. This winter, 2011-12, it will contribute to a Natural England project looking at numbers of roosting hen harriers and merlins at selected Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)…Continue Reading

Iron Age Roundhouse Excavated

Ancient dwelling gives up its secrets An Iron Age roundhouse was excavated on Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire, this summer. The hearth is the low stone structure in the foreground of the photo. The gulley behind was caused by rain water running off the roundhouse roof. Archaeologists also investigated a Bronze Age burial cairn and a…Continue Reading

Willow Screens for Shapwick

Traditional materials incorporated on reserve Willow from the reserve itself has been used to make screening for Shapwick Moor. The completion of a six foot high screen, using tall uprights that volunteers cut from willows on the site, was the culmination of three training sessions to learn the ancient craft. The large screen, with its…Continue Reading

Plant-Rich Future for Shapwick

‘Green hay’ technique aims to rebuild biodiversity Restoration of Shapwick Moor – to the biologically diverse Somerset Levels habitat it once was – entered a new phase this summer, but it will take a hundred years to achieve complete success. What was once intensive arable farmland is now being returned to species-rich grassland using a…Continue Reading