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Great Success for the Hawk and Owl Trusts East Midlands Group

This news post update has been supplied by Simon Dudhill of the East Midlands Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust

As reported on 7 November 2015, the Hawk & Owl Trust East Midlands Group successfully secured funding from the Cory Conservation Grant scheme to supply and erect barn owl boxes for farmers and landowners within the county of Rutland.  East Midlands Group Chairman Simon Dudhill reports that interest and demand has far exceeded their expectation, and they are working extremely hard to meet the demand (to visit the Cory Environmental website, please Click Here).  

They had originally hoped to achieve six sites, but numbers to date stand at twenty four. All the sites have now been visited, and approved as suitable locations.  Such has been the level of interest and demand they have had to go back to Cory’s to apply for additional funding, which was also approved last week.  The group are now in the process of visiting the sites again to erect the boxes in time for the breeding season. Committee member, John Smith, has spent many hours in his garage building and preparing the boxes. Even an hour on Christmas morning! Simon and John are also very grateful for the help Geoff Clark has given them at Sculthorpe Moor in cutting out fifteen of the boxes for them.

One of the conditions of being eligible for a box was the farmer or landowner had to live inside the county of Rutland. The group received several applications from farmers and landowners outside the county. Those will now be re-contacted with a view to explaining and assisting them in trying to obtain funding through the Farmland Bird of Prey Initiative, a scheme initiated by the trust at Sculthorpe, which the group will be launching in the counties outside of Rutland but within their catchment area.

There is still some funding available within Rutland, but is now on a first come first served basis. If any farmer or landowner is interested in having a survey in the Rutland area, and subsequently if suitable, an owl box erected on their property, or would like to have a box through the Farmland Bird of Prey Initiative, then please email the East Midlands Group Chairman, Simon Dudhill, by Clicking Here or call Simon on 07798 713735. Thank you  

North Somerset and Bristol Group at the North Somerset Agricultural Society Countryside Day

On Wednesday 8th July, the North Somerset and Bristol Group were part of the Countryside Day organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Approximately 2,600 primary school children from Bristol and North Somerset attended the day and learned about different aspects of the journey their food takes from plough to plate. Pupils met a variety… Continue Reading

First egg of 2015 is laid by the Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines

The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later. The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable. Once the entire clutch… Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as… Continue Reading

New post – seasonal peregrine project officer

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point Project Officer We need an enthusiastic, friendly and organised person with a good working knowledge of Peregrines and birds of prey although background information will be given. You must be able to manage a large team of volunteers of all ages and abilities. Full time: 18-week contract from March 16… Continue Reading

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