Category Archives: Conservation

Your Local Group Needs You!

If you want to get involved with the work of the Hawk and Owl Trust via a local group and you live in the South Gloucestershire area then we have the perfect opportunity for you.

We have lots of different tasks that we need help with from nest box monitoring and conservation work through to record keeping for these projects.

The South Gloucestershire Group Vice Chairman Stuart Robson elaborates:

‘We need help to organise our group’s conservation work, which includes running our Farm Team (we have in excess of 50 farms and other landowners in South Gloucestershire and the list is growing – where we promote habitat creation etc.); our Nest box Team (responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of 340 boxes) and our Kestrel Highways project (monitoring and maintenance of 55 boxes).

In addition we need help keeping our group Conservation Records for all these projects. I keep them electronically in my own way but we need a more efficient programme designed specifically for our work and I am not PC wise enough to able to do that.

We have a great team of active members in our group and they have really stepped up to the plate. We already have some of our members filling other posts such as our Chairman and Education Unit Organiser (visiting local events, schools etc.) Treasurer/E-newsletter Editor and a Speaker Meetings Organiser. The remainder are happy to continue with their practical support but are unable to take on organising roles.

Going forward there is potentially much more important Hawk and Owl Trust conservation work for our group to do in South Glos. but we need help to be able carry this out. ‘

So, if you think you can spare a little time and brain power to help organise or administrate for these important projects that really do make a difference please get in touch with Group Chairman Paul Golledge on 0117 939 7582 or email him on

For more information on this very active group click through to their webpage here:

New South West Community Owls Project Prepares for Launch!

Very special thanks to Teresa Day and Jan Osborne and a massive thanks to everyone else in the Give Two Hoots Group – Hoot! Hoot! that have raised funds to ensure we have nesting boxes ready to go for the Hawk and Owl Trust (South-West) “Community Owls project”. Picture shows Left to right Myself (Chris…Continue Reading

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

Yet again we were lucky with the weather for our walk through the reserves belonging to Backwell Environment Trust. The reserves were looking lovely and the sharp eyed amongst the group spotted a corncockle flower, a first for the reserve, and a Spotted Flycatcher and its nest in the top of a broken off tree.…Continue Reading

Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds. Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as…Continue Reading

Peregrine Chicks Due to Hatch Soon at St John’s Church Bath

The peregrine pair using the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform at St John’s Church in Bath have been carefully brooding their eggs for the last few weeks. We are now getting to the time for the chicks to hatch and are predicting the first egg to hatch somewhere between 4 – 9 May. Here…Continue Reading

Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing…Continue Reading

Big ‘thank you’ to Hawk and Owl Trust North Somerset Group for Equipment Donation

The  lovely members of the North Somerset H&OT Group have donated six pairs of top quality loppers to enhance the tool stocks at Shapwick Moor. These tools have been needed urgently to help cut back willows along the ditch sides, one of the most important habitats on the reserve. Pictured here are Carrie Riches (Chair…Continue Reading

Shapwick Moor Work Day 23 Feb – Help ‘build’ our youngest reserve!

Come along at 10am on 23 February and help us finish work on our first ever Observation Hide, ready for its official opening on March 8. This has been our busiest winter ever with lots of ditch work completed, together with new ponds and scrapes, new paths, lots of hedging and the erecting lots of…Continue Reading

Next workday at Shapwick Moor

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be shown, by Simon Beard, our Education Officer, just how much progress been made on the reserve in the last few weeks. Recent works include two scrapes and a pond in front of our main hide and the hole for a small pond near the hide. We now have…Continue Reading