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Shapwick News Update – October 2015

Our final walk of the summer on Kenn Sea Wall was enjoyed by a select few! As last year it was a pleasant, still evening, though with slightly fewer birds to see. We are grateful to Trevor Riddle for his informative guidance.

Monday, 21st October sees the start of the winter talks programme. Our Conservation Officer, Chris Sperring MBE, will be talking about ‘People and Wildlife’ – how change and conservation can be effected by local people at grass roots level. 7.45pm at The Star at Tickenham.  Full details of this event can be found on our events page, to visit it please Click Here

News from Shapwick Reserve from Simon Beard

Volunteers have been busy on the reserve, burning last year’s brash before the ground gets too wet. Many hands have made light work of the considerable heaps! Unfortunately the trees ordered for October will not be ready until early November. We hope that they can be planted on the same day as the new hedge on Saturday, 28th November. On Saturday October 17th we are holding our annual review meeting for Shapwick Moor.  As last year, we will initially meet at the reserve car park at 2pm for a walk around the reserve to look at what we have achieved and consider ideas for future plans. We will then retire to the Avalon Marshes Centre for tea and cakes (3.30pm approx. for those of you who cannot make the walk) and an open meeting about ideas for the future. We urgently need to look at ways to start raising funds, ways to maintain & develop regular species’ monitoring, developing photographic records of the reserve and looking at ways we can raise the overall profile of the Hawk & Owl Trust locally – hence all ideas would be very welcome. It would be lovely to see as many of you on that day particularly that small army of ‘unseen volunteers’ who photograph things, monitor species and produce publicity quietly on their own. In order we have sufficient cake to go round, it would be useful if you would let me know if you are likely to attend (we will have some spare cake for anyone who decides to attend at the last minute!)

The next work day is Saturday, 31st October, please contact Barry or Simon for more details.  Both the hides need their annual coat of wood preservative and the areas around the hides need landscaping. This is a chance to wield paint brushes, no previous artistic skills needed, old clothes recommended!

If you are inspired to volunteer, please contact Barry by Clicking Here, or Simon by Clicking Here To call them, please do so on this number: 01300 320008


Our volunteers at Shapwick having a laugh together whilst on a break!
Our volunteers at Shapwick having a laugh together whilst on a break!

Check Out the Hawk and Owl Trusts Events Listings for Autumn/Winter

Across the Hawk and Owl Trust we have an exciting range or walks, talks and exhibitions taking place throughout the autumn and winter of 2015/2016.   From Sculthorpe Moor, to Shapwick Moor and across several of our national groups, we have a packed calendar of events to keep you busy through the coming months.  Please… Continue Reading

The Hawk and Owl Trust ‘completely and utterly’ condemns the illegal killing of Hen Harriers

In a Press Release issued today it was the unanimous opinion of the Trustees of the Hawk and Owl Trust on the illegal killing of Hen Harrier was set out by the Chairman some time ago on social media: “Regarding the tragic event of the recent loss of three male Hen Harriers at Bowland; if… Continue Reading

Youngest of Norwich Peregrine Chicks Dies

The death of the smallest peregrine chick at Norwich Cathedral yesterday came as a sad surprise to all of us, even though we know that life for young peregrines is tenuous at this stage of their development. We have gone through the recorded footage for clues as to why it died but can still only speculate.… Continue Reading

Love is in the air at our Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Nest Box!

The pair of peregrines that have taken up residence in our Norwich Cathedral nesting platform for the breeding season are back together. The following video clip from our fantastic new cameras reveals exciting bonding behaviour. This pair has already been seen mating this year… all is on schedule so far for another successful season at… Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as… Continue Reading

Our South West Projects team launch new three year campaign

About the New Community Owls Project Giving a barn owl nesting box to a Somerset farmer. Somerset holds one of the last 3 remaining strongholds for barn owls in the UK, and young birds produced from this population are vital for sustaining surrounding populations and repopulating new areas in other counties. Around 75% of Britain’s… Continue Reading