Category Archives: Campaign

Trust Calls for Pledge on Buzzard Protection

Conservation Bodies Welcome Minister’s U-turn 31 May 2012 | The Hawk and Owl Trust has joined a dozen other environmental bodies in calling for government pledges never to sacrifice wild birds of prey to protect game birds or other livestock. The call follows a successful campaign, championed by the Trust, to reverse government plans toContinue Reading

Trust Joins Successful Buzzard Persecution Protest

Conservation Bodies Attack Proposal 24 May 2012 | The Hawk and Owl Trust has joined other conservation bodies in protesting against government proposals to permit wild buzzards to be caged and nests destroyed to protect young pheasants. Nigel Middleton, Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the Eastern Region, said: “We are totally against persecutionContinue Reading

Eyes Peeled for Marsh Harriers in Dispersal Study

Look Out for Bright Green Wing Tags May 2012 | Three young Norfolk marsh harriers are helping settle the mystery of what happens to the species after they disperse for winter. Two males and a female specially tagged at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve last summer have been sighted in the East of England, mainly inContinue Reading

Four Egg Clutch for Peregrines

High Hopes for April Hatchlings on Norwich Cathedral Spire The peregrine falcons using the nesting platform installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust on the spire of Norwich Cathedral have now laid a clutch of four eggs. The first egg was laid on 22 March, the second on 24 March, the third on the 27Continue Reading

Norwich Peregrines Lay Egg

2012 Breeding Confirmed on Norwich Cathedral Spire The peregrine falcons using the nesting platform installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust on the spire of Norwich Cathedral have laid their first egg of the season. A male peregrine first appeared at the Cathedral a few years ago and was then joined by a female. TheContinue Reading

Somerset Community Barn Owl Project

Hundreds of New Nest Boxes in 3-year Plan The Hawk and Owl Trust and Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) are setting out to erect 335 new barn owl boxes in the county over three years – that’s at least one box in each parish by the end of 2014 – by teaming up with local communities.Continue Reading

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 isContinue Reading

Pilot Study Targets Road Deaths

Trust pilots Operation SWORD to reduce barn owl casualties The Hawk and Owl Trust is starting a new research project in Norfolk, Operation SWORD (Save Wild Owls from Road Deaths). Its aim is to help reduce the number of wild owls, particularly barn owls, killed by vehicles on the county’s roads. It is asking peopleContinue Reading

De-regulation and Birds of Prey

Why Government Should Continue Protecting all Birds of Prey The recent Government proposal to review a wide range of laws – to reduce regulation – could have removed legal protection from wildlife and habitats. Any de-regulation might have focused on birds of prey because of a vociferous minority lobbying for a reduction in raptor numbers. Even thoughContinue Reading

First Egg for Norwich Peregrines

“Easter” Egg for Easter Sunday 2011 A pair of peregrines nesting on the Hawk and Owl Trust’s new platform on Norwich Cathedral celebrated Easter with their first egg on Easter Sunday. View the webcam here. The female peregrine laid the beautiful russet coloured ‘Easter’ egg on this morning whilst the congregation celebrated Easter Sunday inContinue Reading