The group is very active in and around the South Gloucestershire/North Bristol area with a busy program of habitat management, nestbox building, installation and monitoring. We also attend many shows and events throughout the year.
Nestbox Installation and Monitoring
The group has set up a dedicated team of volunteers to manufacture, install and monitor nest-boxes for barn owl, little owl, tawny owl and kestrel. In addition the group has a farm survey team which work with farmers and landowners on habitat creation and management. The group is also participating in the Hawk and Owl Trusts ‘Kestrel Highways’ project with 60 kestrel boxes now installed and being monitored in our area.
Habitat management is carried out at Acton Court and dates are arranged for work parties on a fortnightly basis.
Format of work parties: Meet at Acton Court to start at 10.00am. Wear gardening clothes and bring your favorite tools ( spade, fork, secateurs, lopper, pruning saws etc).
Move to designated work area (Lisa and I will have pre-scouted the offending nettles etc).
Work for about one hour or so then have a quick cup of tea/coffee and be off home by 12.30pm or so.
Work parties may be cancelled if the weather becomes inclement-but who knows what it will do!
Future dates and times will be discussed and feedback appreciated. Please let David Knowles know if you will be attending
To contact David Knowles by email then just Click Here
Download Our Current Handbook
Produced as an introductory guide for the public. It’s filled full of information about the Hawk and Owl Trust in general and the South Gloucester Group in particular.
To download, simply click on the cover image and follow the on-screen prompts.
Educational/Promotional Shows and Events
The South Gloucestershire Group attends numerous events during the year, such as school and village fetes, open days and environmental shows promoting the work of the Trust and encouraging new membership.
The group also works alongside other local HOT groups at shows and events with promotional and educational work of the Hawk and Owl Trust.
Main Contact for the South Gloucestershire Group
Chairman: Paul Golledge
Tel: 01454 601262, To Email then please just Click Here
Monthly Meetings (Please see Upcoming Events below for 2015/2016 talks)
Monthly speaker meetings between September and March are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, starting at 7.30 at Iron Acton Parish Hall, Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire BS37 9UH
Members £4.00 Non-members £5 Under 16s free. Refreshments available free of charge.
You can download our most recent Group Newsletter of The Hobby (May 2015 – Issue 16) by just Clicking Here
Oct 2015The "Wild" Life of Steve England – 13/10/2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Nov 2015'Hands On' Help for Local Kestrels - A Talk With Barry Gray – 10/11/2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dec 2015British Owls, History and Conservation - A Talk with Chris Sperring MBE – 08/12/2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jan 2016Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve - A Talk With Simon Clarke – 12/01/2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 2016"60 Degrees North" - A Talk With Oliver Smart – 09/02/2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mar 2016"Jim's Big Year" - Wildlife Around The Country - A Talk With Jim Almond – 08/03/2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
- Your Local Group Needs You! (11/16/2014) - 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… Continue Reading
- Next workday at Shapwick Moor (1/18/2014) - 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
- South Gloucester Group Attends International Centre for Birds of Prey Event (9/23/2013) - 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