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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).

This flooding should not happen on the reserve, but recent changes (‘improvements’!) to the River Wensum outside the reserve mean that it now regularly overtops its banks and floods into the reserve, overwhelming the ditch/drainage system in place, a situation that did not happen before the changes to the river were made.

This is becoming a major issue for Hawk and Owl Trust. Bad luck means this has happened twice during busy holiday periods, leading to us having to close at some of our most popular times. Not only has this led to significant loss of income for the charity and reserve, but also floods the area with silt and nutrients from the river that negatively impact many of the plants and animals that we protect.

We are deeply concerned by this situation, both financial and ecological. By sharing these images we are hoping that the organisations involved with drainage and river management in the area will see that there is a big problem.

 

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

Response to Marsh Harrier story

The Hawk and Owl Trust is dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild and to increasing knowledge and understanding of them and their vital place in a healthy ecosystem. Persecution of any species is totally unacceptable. A recent online headline suggests that an application has been, or is going to be,… Continue Reading