Category Archives: Sculthorpe News

New arrivals at Sculthorpe Moor

barn owls sculthorpe oct 2016_2Over the last few years at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, we have been a staging post for people finding injured birds of prey, although the trust is not a rescue organisation we have had several different birds dropped into the Visitor Centre, from Tawny Owls to Red Kites. For example  In September we had a phone call from a worker on the Murdoch Platform gas rig in the North Sea, they had found an injured Kestrel and needed advice on how to look after it which was freely given, a week later the bird was brought ashore by helicopter and our conservation officer collected it from Norwich airport, assisted by Jan Smith a Sculthorpe Moor Volunteer who also volunteers for the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Hospital as a wildlife collector she also collects all of our injured Birds of prey and takes them there.

barn owls sculthorpe oct 2016In August on separate occasions we had 2 young Barn Owl fledglings brought to the reserve underweight and dehydrated, our normal response would be to return these birds back to their nest but both of these birds had fledged prematurely from nest cavity’s in old farm buildings and where difficult to place back, unfortunately if you’re a barn owl chick and leave the nest early and land on the floor then I’m afraid mum and dad will ignore you and leave you to perish. The Chicks were collected by Jan and cared for by the RSPCA wildlife hospital, on October 24th some 10 weeks later, they returned to Sculthorpe where the volunteers had built some temporary accommodation to enable these young barn Owl chicks to be released back to the wild (see photo) these were accompanied by 2 other barn owl chicks that had been handed directly to the hospital so now we have 4 (OOPS!!) The plan is to keep these birds confined in their new abode for 7-10 days giving them a regular feed of Dark mice which cost 38p each doesn’t sound a lot but the 4 off them will consume about 3 each per day and they will eat around 250 while they are confined in their release accommodation, this is much closer to their natural diet rather than using day old chicks.

Over the next few weeks we shall be given updates on their progress including when they will be released.


Nigel Middleton

Conservation Officer

Eastern Region

Discover Norfolk Promotes the Hawk and Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust are always aiming to work closely with local organisations across the country to promote what we have to offer. For visitors to Norfolk, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve based near Fakenham is the top Hawk and Owl Trust attraction to visit, this is followed in the spring and early summer… Continue Reading

Sparrowhawks Nest at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve – Summer 2016

At the Hawk and Owl Trusts Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk, we are privileged to be home to a stunning Sparrowhawks nest this summer (2016).  The nests progress has been documented in a series of videos captured by the amazing wildlife cameraman Martin Hayward-Smith.  Please find below for the story of the nest in… Continue Reading

A Call Out to all Budding Artists – Spaces Still Available on Sculthorpe Moors Trees & Charcoal Workshop

Trees & Charcoal Workshop with Bob Larking on 25 & 26 June Bob Larking MA invites you to join him for two days of “Field working” with sketchbooks and charcoal, to record trees, water, landscape and the timeless tranquillity of Sculthorpe Moor.  Bob, who is an experienced art tutor, has previously spent time out on… Continue Reading

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve has a fantastic start to spring 2016

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… Continue Reading

Sculthorpe Moors Volunteers Celebrate Christmas

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve celebrates Christmas On Friday 4th December, a large group of the volunteers from Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve got together at The Hourglass pub in Sculthorpe to celebrate together with their partners at the annual Christmas Meal.  It was well attended by both staff and volunteers and all reported to have… Continue Reading

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve Volunteers Win the Highly Commended Boldero Award for Access to Nature

On the evening of Thursday 24th September, the amazing volunteers from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve were awarded the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s Highly Commended Boldero Award. The Award was for the incredible work they have done in planning, designing and building the brand new four metre… Continue Reading

Euan’s Guide for Disability Access gives Sculthorpe Moor 5*s

Sculthorpe Moor Receives 5* Reviews for its Disabled Access  We are very proud here at Sculthorpe Moor to share with you the amazing reviews we have received from Euan’s Guide.  To find out what Euan’s Guide is all about please visit there website by Clicking Here. Here is a statement from the founder himself: “The aim… Continue Reading

Martin Hayward Smith Talks About His New Book ‘My Year With Hares’

Internationally renowned wildlife cameraman and director Martin Hayward Smith will give a talk about his critically acclaimed book ‘My Year With Hares’ at the Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Local lad Martin was commissioned to make a film about hares; during the making of this program he gained footage of behaviour never before seen. With unlimited… Continue Reading