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300 Club draw

The Friends of Sculthorpe Moor 300 Club is a lottery draw that raises funds for the conservation and educational work on the Reserve. There are four draws a year, the latest of which took place on Friday 13th June. With 168 tickets in the draw, the prize fund was £630. 1st prize £315, to Mrs. A. Konash – ticket number 150, 2nd prize £189 to Mrs. J. Thompson – ticket number 108, 3rd prize £126 to Ms. J. Smith – ticket number 90. Lottery tickets are available for an annual subscription of £30. If you would like to support the reserve in this way, with the chance of winning a cash prize every quarter, pick up an application form from the reserve or download one http://hawkandowl.org/sculthorpe/supporters-sponsors/300-club

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

NEWSLETTER – July 2014 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 ofContinue 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, asContinue Reading

Shapwick Moor becomes a Penal Colony – for a day!

On Tuesday  3rd  June,60 pupils from nearby St Benedict’s School in Glastonbury visited Shapwick Moor as part of their literacy studies.  They have been studying the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar in which pupils are made to dig holes to atone for their past poor behaviour.  The accompanying school staff took on the  role asContinue Reading

The ‘Bath One’ is Ringed and Unhatched Eggs Taken For Analysis

The only peregrine chick to hatch at St John’s church in Bath this year was ringed on 29 May, and from the bio measurements recorded it is believed that it is a female. She now carries a BTO ring on her right leg and a blue ring from Ed Drewitt’s ringing and monitoring programme, callContinue Reading

First Peregrine Chick of 2014 Hatches on St John’s Church Bath

A full 40 days after the first egg of 2014 was laid at the St John’s nest box, the first hatch at around 14:00 on 9 May was spotted on the iCatcher system. Here the you tube clip shows the falcon delicately picking her way between the chick and the eggs: The incubation period forContinue Reading

2nd, 3rd and 4th Peregrine Chicks have Hatched at Norwich Cathedral Nestbox

Norwich Peregrines hatch forth and final chick for 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine nest platform at Cathedral The forth and final egg hatched on Tuesday 29 April at about 11am when the female bird was seen nibbling large pieces of eggshell. However, it took several hours before a visual confirmation of theContinue 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. HereContinue 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, continuingContinue Reading

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Lend Their Support to Shapwick Moor

The recently established margins will provide valuable areas for bumblebees (including the nationally scarce Shrill Carder bee which was recorded in the area for the first time in a decade in a field on the border of our reserve last year)to forage and locate nectar sources together with providing cover for small mammals to feedContinue Reading