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Fantastic TripAdvisor Reviews of Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk

We would like to share these fantastic reviews of Sculthorpe Moor as made by Sally C & Nick E on our TripAdvisor page.  To visit the page to read more, then please just Click Here 

“I’m so pleased that I stumbled across this Little Gem whilst looking online for reserves with wheelchair access!”

“When we arrived at the visitor centre the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. I had my crutches with me as I can’t walk very far at all without sitting down, but the staff lent me a wheelchair and let us park further down where the boardwalk starts.  The very first birds we saw were on and around a ‘feeding station’ at the start of the boardwalk. These included 3 beautiful male Bullfinches and 1 female, Blue, Great and Marsh tits, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Goldcrests and Nuthatches. The reserve is an enchanting mix of woodland, marshland, rivers, dykes and reeds. It truly is a beautiful place and I can’t wait to go back as soon as possible.
There are several hides, all wheelchair accessible with large windows low enough so that people in wheelchairs can get a good view. There is a Hide which is 4 meters above the ground. Even this is wheelchair accessible via a gentle ‘ramp’ that takes you up with 2 places to stop on the way up. There were birds everywhere today, helped by the fact that there are quite a few feeders placed throughout the reserve. Goldfinches and siskins were the main birds contending for places on the feeders but the odd Marsh tit managed to sneak in whilst literally just outside the window less than a meter or so in front of where you’re sitting Blue tits, Chaffinches, Great tits and the odd Coal tit came down onto a bird table to grab a seed and fly off again. One side of the hide looks out over the woodland and the other side looks out over marshland/reed beds and dykes where today we got a good look at a Chinese Water Deer.  Other birds that we saw were Rough legged Buzzard!!!, Common Buzzard, Kingfisher and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
I couldn’t find anything negative to say about the reserve or the people who work there. The visitor centre is great. There is a shop with a good selection of wildlife books, gifts and a nice selection of quality feeders and bird food.  I can’t wait to go back again and I’m looking forward to experiencing the reserve throughout the four seasons.  I certainly recommend anyone who is remotely interested in nature to go and visit this reserve. It is only £4 per adult which in my opinion is extremely cheap. I would have happily paid double that for the lovely day I had.”

Reviewed by Sally C who Visited in December 2015
“This was our 3rd or 4th visit to this site”
“Each time we have been warmly welcomed by the volunteers both in the visitor centre and out on the reserve. For £4 per person you have access to several well placed comfortable hides and the impressive board-walks make it so easy for anyone to gain access to them. There are a number of well stocked feeding stations dotted throughout the wet woodland and photographic opportunities are readily available. On our latest visit in December we saw over 25 species of bird and came across fungi and even flowers to try and identify. The shop has a good selection of appropriate merchandise and the toilet facilities are very well maintained. And REMEMBER to always check out the Harvest mice display in the visitor centre. You can easily spend a leisurely couple or more hours here. We’ll definitely be back.”
Reviewed by Nick E who Visited in December 2015

Bath Peregrines Think that Spring 2016 has Come Early!

“The breeding pair at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Urban Peregrine Project nest box at St John’s church in Bath appear convinced that spring 2016 has come early.  On 18 December through an early morning mist the pair are seen here apparently discussing the merits of the new gravel fill we have provided for them. … Continue Reading

Sculthorpe Moors Volunteers Celebrate Christmas

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve celebrates Christmas On Friday 4th December, a large group of the volunteers from Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve got together at The Hourglass pub in Sculthorpe to celebrate together with their partners at the annual Christmas Meal.  It was well attended by both staff and volunteers and all reported to have… Continue Reading

Shapwick Moor on the Somerset Levels, Celebrates as They Take Delivery of Their New All Terrain Gator

Shapwick Moor takes delivery of its New Gator Towards the end of November we were very excited to take delivery of our very own All Terrain John Deere Gator. Alan and Sylvia Williams, two incredibly generous Hawk and Owl Trust members from Derbyshire donated funds for us to purchase this much needed item after meeting… Continue Reading