Well what a weekend it was here at Sculthorpe Moor, with over 120 attendees across both days, it has been a most well attended Hawk and Owl Trust Members Weekend and AGM.
On the Friday evening there was a lovely informal gathering with fish and chips at the reserve, giving lots of extra time for members that had arrived early time to discuss items coming up over the weekend.
On the Saturday morning, we were treated to a great selection of presentations, starting with Nigel Lewis talking about the Kestrels Highways Project, giving us an update with what has happened over the past year. That was then followed by an overview from Neil Chadwick on how much our valued volunteers here at Sculthorpe (as well as across the Hawk and Owl Trust), have contributed to the amazing projects we have done. This has included increasing the biodiversity of Sculthorpe Moor with the Reed Bed Restoration Project, improving the sites accessibility to people of all abilities with the opening of the new aerial boardwalk and tower hide, as well as starting the new riverside boardwalk alongside the river Wensum. Martin Lippiatt then provided an update on the incredible success of the 2015 Norwich Peregrines season, indicating the notable increase in the popularity of this project with the public and local media and how well the peregrines have done this year with rearing three successful chicks. Nigel Middleton then showed us the importance of how we are working with land owners to provide habitats for owls and kestrels with the Farmland Bird of Prey Initiative. And then just before lunch the guys from the South West Peregrines team gave a moving presentation on Coastal Peregrines; an Enduring Love Affair.
I think it was easy to say that everybody enjoyed the buffet lunch that was provided, which gave all the energy needed for an afternoon of exploring the reserve in guided groups lead by Nigel Middleton, Neil Chadwick and Fungi expert Tony Leech. Then after an afternoon tea of delicious Norfolk scones with cream and jam (lovingly homemade by Sculthorpe staff member Carolyn Jenkins), there was a much anticipated trip to the North Norfolk coast to visit the Harrier Roost watch point at Warham Greens, where we treated to views of three lovely ring tailed Hen Harriers. The day ended with a pleasant meal at the Hourglass in Sculthorpe village, a chance for members to get to know fellow like minded people and make new friends.
Sunday started off with several presentations from our local groups and nature reserves of Shapwick and Fylingdales, showing the amazing work done over the past year and their plans for the future. The AGM saw the re-election of all the trustees up for election as well as welcoming on board Liza Goddard as a new trustee and David Missen as our new treasurer. There were fantastic open debates on many varying issues, it was great to so many members getting so passionately involved. To check out our Annual Review for 2014/15, then please just Click Here.
It was an incredibly positive AGM and it is great to see everyone who attended getting behind the work of the trust.
Save the Date: The next AGM will be hosted by Shapwick Moor at the Avalon Marshes Centre on 8th & 9th October 2016, further details will follow. We look forward to seeing many of you again next year.