Category Archives: Regional Trust News

Your Local Group Needs You!

If you want to get involved with the work of the Hawk and Owl Trust via a local group and you live in the South Gloucestershire area then we have the perfect opportunity for you.

We have lots of different tasks that we need help with from nest box monitoring and conservation work through to record keeping for these projects.

The South Gloucestershire Group Vice Chairman Stuart Robson elaborates:

‘We need help to organise our group’s conservation work, which includes running our Farm Team (we have in excess of 50 farms and other landowners in South Gloucestershire and the list is growing – where we promote habitat creation etc.); our Nest box Team (responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of 340 boxes) and our Kestrel Highways project (monitoring and maintenance of 55 boxes).

In addition we need help keeping our group Conservation Records for all these projects. I keep them electronically in my own way but we need a more efficient programme designed specifically for our work and I am not PC wise enough to able to do that.

We have a great team of active members in our group and they have really stepped up to the plate. We already have some of our members filling other posts such as our Chairman and Education Unit Organiser (visiting local events, schools etc.) Treasurer/E-newsletter Editor and a Speaker Meetings Organiser. The remainder are happy to continue with their practical support but are unable to take on organising roles.

Going forward there is potentially much more important Hawk and Owl Trust conservation work for our group to do in South Glos. but we need help to be able carry this out. ‘

So, if you think you can spare a little time and brain power to help organise or administrate for these important projects that really do make a difference please get in touch with Group Chairman Paul Golledge on 0117 939 7582 or email him on

For more information on this very active group click through to their webpage here:

Reserve Rangers challenge for the half term holidays

Young people visiting Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve this autumn half term can take part in a fun challenge which involves lots of things to do and look out for on the reserve. Children need to collect their Reserve Rangers card from the visitor centre the first time they visit and bring it with them each time…Continue Reading

Latest Friends of Sculthorpe Moor 300 club draw

The Friends of Sculthorpe Moor 300 Club is a lottery draw that raises funds for the conservation and educational work on the Reserve. There are four draws a year, the latest of which took place on Friday 12 September. With 172 tickets in the draw, the prize fund was £645. 1st prize £322.50, to Mrs.…Continue Reading

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

Yet again we were lucky with the weather for our walk through the reserves belonging to Backwell Environment Trust. The reserves were looking lovely and the sharp eyed amongst the group spotted a corncockle flower, a first for the reserve, and a Spotted Flycatcher and its nest in the top of a broken off tree.…Continue Reading

Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds. Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as…Continue Reading

Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing…Continue Reading

Donation of New Visitors’ Seat for Shapwick Moor from North Somerset Group

The North Somerset Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust has financed a new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor The seat will be in memory of former Chairman Barbara Handley who was actively involved with the group until her sad death last year, and it will be positioned to look out over some of…Continue Reading

Avalon Marshes Family Group Plant 600 Trees on Shapwick Moor

Members of the Avalon Marshes Youth group gathered recently on a cold and windy morning for 3 hours of intensive hedge planting. After some initial instructions, the children, aged between 4 and 10 yrs old, quickly set about the task of planting over 600 trees along the trackside. They quickly made short work of the…Continue Reading