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Marsh Harriers Strike Out Across Europe

Marsh Harrier Sightings News

Hawk and Owl Trust’s own Phil Littler with John Middleton (members of the North West Norfolk Ringing Group) writing in the BTO Bird Ringing Demog Blog say:

“On 5th February 2014, the first live British-ringed Marsh Harrier was sighted in Spain by Javier Elorriaga, along with Yeray Seminario, Juan Martin and Ramon Navarro. The wing-tagged male Marsh Harrier (BN – green pin on map below) was ringed as a nestling in North Norfolk on 3rd August 2013 by the North West Norfolk Ringing Group. This bird was seen at La Janda, near Cadiz, an area of flooded rice fields, which has a high concentration of Marsh Harriers in winter. It was then seen again on 8th February by Geoff Gowlett who sent us the photo below. BN was first seen by Alex Colorado on 9th December 2013 approximately four kilometres from the latest observations”.

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Next workday at Shapwick Moor

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be shown, by Simon Beard, our Education Officer, just how much progress been made on the reserve in the last few weeks. Recent works include two scrapes and a pond in front of our main hide and the hole for a small pond near the hide. We now haveContinue Reading

Shapwick Reserve Coming on Leaps and Bounds – Despite the Weather!

In the face of an atrocious weather forecast the work day on our reserve on the Somerset Levels, Shapwick Moor, on 5 January 2014 was postponed until Sunday 25 January 2014. However, in spite of the wet conditions there have still been lots of developments. Simon Beard, our Education and Outreach Officer (Reserve Development managerContinue Reading

Hawk and Owl Trust ‘Baling for Biodiversity’ Project Receives Award for Habitat Restoration

The team from our Sculthorpe Moor Reserve, especially Neil Chadwick, Baling for Biodiversity Project Officer, are delighted to have been recognised for their habitat restoration work by the Norfolk Biodiversity Project.  This fledgling project is making great inroads on sites around Norfolk that have been crying out for attention.  Several of the sites are designatedContinue Reading

Adopt a Box Celebrates 21 Years of Conserving Birds of Prey and Owls

Adopt a Box 21st Anniversary Competition! Adopt a Box is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. The scheme was founded by Colin Shawyer, developed by colleagues in the Hawk and Owl Trust and launched in October 1992 by Chris Packham, who is now the Trust’s president. By adopting a box, supporters contribute to the Trust’sContinue Reading

Fourth Peregrine Chick Hatches at Norwich Cathedral Nest Platform

The 4th peregrine falcon egg at Norwich Cathedral has hatched! The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have hatched their fourth and final egg of 2013! At 20:26 last night, 27 hours after the hatching of the third egg, theContinue Reading

Grant Makes an Appearance at Strumpshaw Fen

2012 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine chick ‘Grant’ spotted at Strumpshaw Fen. 2012 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine chick ‘Grant’ was spotted at Strumpshaw Fen by one of  Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Project Observation Point volunteers. They called HOT to let us know that they had spotted ‘Grant’ – the male of the two successfully fledged chicks hunting over StrumpshawContinue Reading

Norwich Peregrine Chicks Ringed

ID for Youngsters on Cathedral Spire Nest Platform 21 May 2012 | The three peregrine chicks at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s nest platform on Norwich Cathedral spire have had unique rings fitted so the individuals can be identified in future when they are free flying. Two, one female and one male, were also fittedContinue Reading

First Chicks for Norwich Peregrines

Hatchings Confirm Spire Nest Platform Success The first peregrine egg hatched at the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform on Norwich Cathedral in the early hours on Wednesday 2 May. Observers spotted fragments of egg shell as the first clue to the arrival of the first ever new generation of peregrines in the city inContinue Reading

Two Chicks for Bath Peregrines

7th Successive Brood at Church Nest Platform Conservationists in Bath have welcomed the next generation of peregrines to hatch on the Hawk and Owl Trust’s well established nesting platform on the spire of St John’s RC Church. The first egg successfully hatched on 1 May 2011 when one chick was observed as the female leftContinue Reading