Yearly Archives: 2016

Further Buzzard Licences Issued – Hawk and Owl Response


Hawk & Owl Buzzard

The Hawk & Owl Trust, further to submitting a freedom of information (FOI) request to Natural England, are deeply concerned that a further four licences have now been issued in response to a total of six applications to control Buzzards, during the summer and autumn of 2016.

We note a licence application to control Sparrowhawks was refused.

The Hawk and Owl Trust believes that the lethal control of Buzzards is unwarranted. We call for a moratorium of the current raptor licencing, which we believe lacks scientific underpinning. It is apparent that no attempt has been made to conduct independent research, to explore variation in the impact of Buzzards on the approx. 35 million pheasant poults reared each year and to understand what impact mitigations can have. (Parrot’s review highlighted many of the gaps in our understanding and these need urgently to be addressed).

At this present time the Trust feels strongly that Natural England is making flawed decisions, where a more strategic course of action should be followed.

In the absence of specific Government policy for licensing regarding birds of prey, Natural England will continue to make its determinations on an ill-informed basis. We confirm we will also be writing to DEFRA to express our concern with this matter and to request that they issue specific policy guidance without further delay.

The board feels that the conservation of our wildlife should not be led by the value of shooting a pheasant.

Hen Harrier Monitoring Update

“We can confirm that the remaining HOT satellite tagged Hen Harrier (Sorrel) is alive and mobile, and in a recognised roost / hunting ground in Scotland.  As Natural England has no jurisdiction north of the border, Stephen Murphy, who tagged Sorrel on behalf of HOT and is Natural England’s member of our team, arranged for… Continue Reading

New Hen Harriers Satellite Tagging Project Website Launched by HOT

The Hawk and Owl Trust have just launched a new dedicated website to provide details of its Hen Harriers Satellite Tagging Project – an initiative to help save English hen harriers from extinction. The website – – will track the actual flight paths of two hen harriers fitted with satellite tagging ‘backpacks’. In turn… Continue Reading

Discover Norfolk Promotes the Hawk and Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust are always aiming to work closely with local organisations across the country to promote what we have to offer. For visitors to Norfolk, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve based near Fakenham is the top Hawk and Owl Trust attraction to visit, this is followed in the spring and early summer… Continue Reading

Sparrowhawks Nest at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve – Summer 2016

At the Hawk and Owl Trusts Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk, we are privileged to be home to a stunning Sparrowhawks nest this summer (2016).  The nests progress has been documented in a series of videos captured by the amazing wildlife cameraman Martin Hayward-Smith.  Please find below for the story of the nest in… Continue Reading