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 and even our first cuckoo heard on 18 April. Over the past few months there has been alot going on including installing new feeding stations high in the alder trees behind our Volunteer Tower Hide and they have been a big hit with both birds and visitors alike. After our fantastic reed restoration project, the reed bed has been home to an overwintering bittern and a resident otter has been putting in a few highly photogenic daytime appearances for our photographer visitors earlier in the year. Despite some issues we have had with flooding in both January and March, which forced the reserve to close, it has recovered well.
Updating you on our riverside boardwalk project, we have now sold well over 1000 boards and are now on the final stretch of construction of the boardwalk and reed screens. The whole project is coming on very well and we are pleased to announce that we are planning for a summer 2016 completion (weather permitting). We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for this great project including, the Big Lottery Fund ‘Award for All’, the Norfolk County Council Community Fund and of course all the kind people that have donated towards our ‘Sponsor a Board’ appeal so far. If you would like to ‘Sponsor a Board’ yourself for only £10 each then please either pop in to the reserve visitor centre to see us in person, or call us on 01328 856788, or alternatively email us by Clicking Here.
Elsewhere on the reserve, works over the winter have extended the scrape to increase the amount of open water or exposed mud, depending on how we set the water levels. Plans are to lower water levels during the spring to hopefully attract more waders and wildfowl into this area, making them more visible from our hides. Brand new interpretation consisting of new signage has been installed across the reserve as well, helping to direct visitors to all the fantastic facilities we have to offer with distances included.
Also one of our fantastic visitors, Rob Mellowship, created a great video in November 2015 of our completed Tower Hide and the views seen from it to promote our ‘Access For All’ around the site. To view this video on YouTube then please just Click Here.
Looking forward towards summer 2016, we have a packed programme of events for the coming season taking place at Sculthorpe Moor, so please do check out our events page to find out more.
We look forward to welcoming first timers or returning visitors to our wonderful reserve this spring and summer and we hope that you will enjoy your visit, thank you
The Sculthorpe Team