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About Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

If you have seen any ringed or wing tagged Marsh Harriers recently, then please report your sightings by clicking on our ‘Report a Harrier Sighting’ link in the Quick Linx section to the right of this page, Thank you.   

Opening Times

Reserve and Car Park: 1st April to Mid October: 8.00 am – 6.00pm (Thursday Late Opening till 8.30pm),     Mid October to 31st March: 8.00am – 4.00pm  (Closed only on Christmas Day)

Visitors Centre: Open All Year round from 8.00am – 5.00pm  (Closed only on Christmas Day)

Easy Access with Something for Everyone Disabled access icon

Turf Moor Road at Sculthorpe Moor  © David Gittens
Turf Moor Road at Sculthorpe Moor © David Gittens

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is a peaceful place, with a rich variety of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reed bed habitats. Located in the beautiful Wensum Valley, the reserve is nationally and internationally recognised as important for its wildlife. Created and managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust, the 18-hectare (45 acre) reserve provides everyone with a real opportunity to get involved with the natural environment. We particularly welcome families, wildlife watchers and educational groups, and it’s a great place to come for a stroll.

Boardwalks make access easy for everyone and guide you through the reserve. Bird feeders and nest boxes are sited along the way and there are viewing platforms, places to sit and relax, and four hides for watching the wildlife. The elevated Whitley Hide gives spectacular views over the fen and reed bed. What to look out for all the year: tawny and barn owls, kingfishers, buzzards, bullfinches, willow and marsh tits, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers, water and bank voles, stoats and weasels.

Brian Anderson experiencing our easy to use boardwalks
Brian Anderson experiencing our easy to use boardwalks, taken by Peter Bash.

 

On arrival, if you would like to drive your car down to the start of the Boardwalk just pop into the centre or drive into the disabled parking bay and the staff and volunteers will come out to help you.

For your information all of our Visitors Centre is on the level including toilets, two of which are designed for wheelchairs.

A stunning Bullfinch; a regular at the Whitley Hide © David Ward
A stunning Bullfinch; a regular at the Whitley Hide © David Ward
Sculthorpe Moors new aerial walkway leading up to the 4 metre high viewing platform
Sculthorpe Moors new aerial walkway leading up to the 4 metre high viewing platform © Martin Lippiatt

 

 

 

If you would like any more information about accessibility please call us on 01328 856788,

9 – 5  seven days a week or e-mail sculthorpe@hawkandowl.org.


 

Birding for All have recently added a review of our reserve from the perspective of a wheelchair user – Click Here for the Review.  Brian Anderson (see pictures below) from ‘Birding for All’ visited our reserve back in the spring of 2015 and has experienced first hand our new aerial boardwalk, along with seeing the development for himself on how our new 4m high viewing platform and hide is coming along.  An announcement of the opening of our aerial hide and walkway is expected in early August, so watch this space!

 

Brian Anderson visiting our aerial walkway
Brian Anderson visiting our aerial walkway, taken by Peter Bash.
Brain Anderson viewing the construction of our new hide
Brain Anderson viewing the construction of our new hide, taken by Peter Bash.

 

 

 

 

Spring/summer: breeding marsh harrier, hobby, warblers and cuckoo in the reedbed, dragonflies and damselflies over pools and drains, butter flies, moths, glow -worms, yellow flag iris, hemp agrimony and other flowering plants. Autumn/winter: brambling, redpoll, water rail, siskin, roosting harriers, scarlet elf cup fungus.

Video Tour of Sculthorpe Moor

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Map of Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
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