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New arrivals at Sculthorpe Moor

barn owls sculthorpe oct 2016_2Over the last few years at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, we have been a staging post for people finding injured birds of prey, although the trust is not a rescue organisation we have had several different birds dropped into the Visitor Centre, from Tawny Owls to Red Kites. For example  In September we had a phone call from a worker on the Murdoch Platform gas rig in the North Sea, they had found an injured Kestrel and needed advice on how to look after it which was freely given, a week later the bird was brought ashore by helicopter and our conservation officer collected it from Norwich airport, assisted by Jan Smith a Sculthorpe Moor Volunteer who also volunteers for the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Hospital as a wildlife collector she also collects all of our injured Birds of prey and takes them there.

barn owls sculthorpe oct 2016In August on separate occasions we had 2 young Barn Owl fledglings brought to the reserve underweight and dehydrated, our normal response would be to return these birds back to their nest but both of these birds had fledged prematurely from nest cavity’s in old farm buildings and where difficult to place back, unfortunately if you’re a barn owl chick and leave the nest early and land on the floor then I’m afraid mum and dad will ignore you and leave you to perish. The Chicks were collected by Jan and cared for by the RSPCA wildlife hospital, on October 24th some 10 weeks later, they returned to Sculthorpe where the volunteers had built some temporary accommodation to enable these young barn Owl chicks to be released back to the wild (see photo) these were accompanied by 2 other barn owl chicks that had been handed directly to the hospital so now we have 4 (OOPS!!) The plan is to keep these birds confined in their new abode for 7-10 days giving them a regular feed of Dark mice which cost 38p each doesn’t sound a lot but the 4 off them will consume about 3 each per day and they will eat around 250 while they are confined in their release accommodation, this is much closer to their natural diet rather than using day old chicks.

Over the next few weeks we shall be given updates on their progress including when they will be released.


Nigel Middleton

Conservation Officer

Eastern Region

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 – – 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

Hawk and Owl Trust Install a New Peregrine Nest Box on Wymondham Abbey

On Saturday 13th February, a volunteer team of intrepid explorers climbed to the top of the tower at Wymondham Abbey in Norfolk to install a brand new peregrine nest box on the roof. For the past few years peregrine activity and remains of their meals have been found around the Abbeys grounds. So the team… Continue Reading

Volunteering Opportunities Still Available for the 2016 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point

If you would like to meet like minded people who love birds as much as you do then we are looking for people to come and help volunteer with us at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point for the 2016 season.   The watch point will be opening on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and will run… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point Set to Open on Wednesday 23 March

For all those people out there who just love to watch our wonderful peregrines at Norwich Cathedral‬ in Norfolk, we would like to announce that our Watch Point, set up near the refectory in the Cathedral Close, will be opening to the public at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 March, just in time for the Easter Weekend!  It will be… Continue Reading