Ringing of Peregrine chicks at Norwich Cathedral, 2018. DECISION

Between 3 and 5 May this year, the pair of Peregrines that nest on the Hawk and Owl Trust Norwich Cathedral nesting platform hatched three chicks, from three eggs, having already lost one egg in an earlier accident.

Normally we would access the nest after a couple of weeks and ring each chick, placing a small uniquely numbered metal ring on its leg, under licence, which will enable the bird to be individually identified should it be seen or found again in future.

The Peregrines are wild birds and, perhaps not surprisingly, each individual has different personality characteristics. Anyone who has been following the Norwich Peregrines will know that the female (a bird known as ‘GA’ after the letters on her colour-ring, placed on her leg as a chick herself in Bath in 2013) is a relatively inexperienced bird, who is also large, clumsy and inclined to react strongly to situations and has already suffered two punctured eggs from her own claws, and the tragic loss of a chick last year after she caught it in her talons when spooked off the nest.

The process of ringing the chicks does not endanger them, but accessing the nest site from the spire is not straightforward. With, we believe, the benefit to science outweighed by the risk of danger to the chicks this year, therefore, the decision has been taken that we will NOT be ringing the chicks.

Bath Peregrines. Three chicks

As has become usual with the Bath Peregrine platform pair, four eggs were laid, and four hatched. Sadly on the morning of 5th May the smallest chick died. The chick was alive and apparently well at 05:15, but it looks like the adult female may have accidentally ‘spiked’ it with a talon as she turned… Continue Reading

Flooding at Sculthorpe Moor Reserve

Sculthorpe Moor reserve re-opened on Monday 9 April. Talks are ongoing with environment Agency and other involved parties. FLOODING UPDATE: According to the Environment Agency website there is no flooding west of Fakenham (flooding: orange area on map). Here at Sculthorpe Moor (‘X’ on map) we beg to differ (photos taken today, 4th April 2018).… Continue Reading

David Cobham

  It is with deep sadness that we can report that David Cobham passed away last night after a short illness. As a past Vice President of the Trust and longtime supporter of the Friends of Sculthorpe Moor, he will be greatly missed.There will be a private funeral service for the family followed by a memorial… Continue Reading

Peregrine nest boxes and depth of gravel

At this time of year, we regularly see the same questions raised about our Peregrine nest boxes. This year has been no exception. Whilst we accept that these questions/comments/suggestions are generally well-intentioned and we welcome positive dialogue on our projects, we ask that people bear in mind that our conservation officers all have many years… Continue Reading

Hen Harrier licence

Today it has been announced by Natural England that it has issued a licence allowing the Brood Management Trial Group to take forward Hen Harrier brood management as one of the steps to improving the conservation status of Hen Harriers in England. The Hawk and Owl Trust is one of the members of this group.… Continue Reading