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Hen Harrier Monitoring Update

“We can confirm that the remaining HOT satellite tagged Hen Harrier (Sorrel) is alive and mobile, and in a recognised roost / hunting ground in Scotland.  As Natural England has no jurisdiction north of the border, Stephen Murphy, who tagged Sorrel on behalf of HOT and is Natural England’s member of our team, arranged for his colleagues in Scotland to seek Sorrel out on the ground.  On our behalf, initially using recent satellite location data we provided, they have been following her movements by tracking her satellite tag from ground level.  The information they have provided has allowed us to demonstrate that there is good correlation between their highly accurate ground based readings and what we are seeing by way of tag fixes via the satellite.  This provides confirmation that the satellite tracking data is viable information upon which we can rely throughout this project.  Clearly we have no information on Sorrel’s actual physical condition and wellbeing, and are hoping she will find sufficient prey to make it through the current storms and the rest of the winter.

HOT and Natural England are in agreement that because Sorrel is staying pretty much in one area we cannot divulge her location, so unfortunately we will not be publishing satellite tag traces at this time.  It is a sad reflection that by necessity we must not expose the location of these birds in an attempt to ensure they are not persecuted.  However, whenever we can we will update you on Sorrel’s progress”.

 The Hen Harrier Monitoring Team

Jemima Parry-Jones and Stephen Murphy ensure they are happy with the fit and security of Sorrel’s satellite tag before returning her to the nest
Jemima Parry-Jones and Stephen Murphy ensure they are happy with the fit and security of Sorrel’s satellite tag before returning her to the nest

New Hen Harriers Satellite Tagging Project Website Launched by HOT

The Hawk and Owl Trust have just launched a new dedicated website to provide details of its Hen Harriers Satellite Tagging Project – an initiative to help save English hen harriers from extinction. The website – hawkandowl.org/HHST/ – will track the actual flight paths of two hen harriers fitted with satellite tagging ‘backpacks’. In turn… Continue Reading

Discover Norfolk Promotes the Hawk and Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust are always aiming to work closely with local organisations across the country to promote what we have to offer. For visitors to Norfolk, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve based near Fakenham is the top Hawk and Owl Trust attraction to visit, this is followed in the spring and early summer… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Season Continues with the Successful Hatching of all 4 Eggs

The story of this years Norwich Cathedral Peregrine season continues with the successful hatching of all four eggs into healthy chicks.  After between 35 to 36 days of incubation, which was taken in turns by the male and female, the chicks showed their first signs of hatching on Thursday 28 April.  Within 48 hours all four… Continue Reading

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve has a fantastic start to spring 2016

Here at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve in Norfolk, spring is certainly buzzing! The weather is getting milder and the summer migratory bird sightings as well as other wildlife are starting to increase.  These have included frogs spawning, water rail, marsh harrier displaying, buzzards, kestrels, red kites, redpoll, siskins, kingfishers, goldfinch, nesting tree creepers, nuthatches, lapwings, swallows, sand martins, house martins… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Season 2016 Kicks Off with the Laying of 4 eggs

The Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Project at Norwich Cathedral is off to a flying start this season with the laying of four eggs starting on Friday 18th through to Saturday 26th March.  Please see below for specific timings and dates.     (Timings are approximate to the nearest 5 minutes) 1st Egg: Friday… Continue Reading