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Shapwick Moor Receives Saplings From Garden Centre

THE Hawk and Owl Trust’s 55 hectare nature reserve, near Glastonbury, has this spring (2014) been presented with 50 young trees thanks to a Somerset Garden Centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre donated the saplings to the Trust for use on it’s Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve near Glastonbury. Philip Holms, Somerset Trustee for the…Continue Reading

Big ‘thank you’ to Hawk and Owl Trust North Somerset Group for Equipment Donation

The  lovely members of the North Somerset H&OT Group have donated six pairs of top quality loppers to enhance the tool stocks at Shapwick Moor. These tools have been needed urgently to help cut back willows along the ditch sides, one of the most important habitats on the reserve. Pictured here are Carrie Riches (Chair…Continue Reading

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 have…Continue 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 manager…Continue Reading

Out of the Ashes of the Fylingdales Fire – Five Days That Shook the Moor

The five days from 17 – 21 September 2003 saw a huge fire devastate part of Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors, stretching from the A171, where it is believed to have started due to a discarded cigarette, to near the coast at Ravenscar. In total 2.4 square kilometres of moorland and fragile peat…Continue Reading

South Gloucester Group Attends International Centre for Birds of Prey Event

The ICBP Falconry Weekend 31st Aug/1st Sept 2013 The South Gloucestershire Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust was pleased to attend for the 3rd year running the Falconry Weekend at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent, Gloucestershire. The Centre is run by Hawk and Owl Trust trustee Jemima Parry-Jones and is…Continue Reading

North Somerset and Bristol Group spread the word at the North Somerset Countryside Day

The North Somerset and Bristol Group attended the North Somerset Countryside Day on 10th July, organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Approximately 2,300 enthusiastic and excited school children attended this event which is aimed at raising awareness of what goes on in the countryside, and more particularly, how their food is produced.  Each group…Continue Reading

BBC Visit Bath Peregrine Project

BBC news programme ‘Points South West’ dropped by St John’s Church in Bath on Monday to speak to Hawk and Owl Trustee Mike Rogers and Peregrine Project team member Hamish Smith. The peregrine pair that have taken up residence in the nesting platform provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust have continued their successful run…Continue 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 Strumpshaw…Continue Reading