About Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

Open  7 Days a Week (only closed Christmas Day)

Opening Times: April to Mid October 8.00 am – 6.00pm  November to March 8.00am – 4.00pm

Visitor Centre: Mid March – October 9.00am – 5.00pm  November – Mid March 9.00am – 4.00pm

Jon D posted on Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve’s Facebook page:

“Fantastic day (my first ever) at the Sculthorpe Moor Reserve today. Very impressed with the set up and the fen hide is quite remarkable. A water rail posing for photos?? Tremendous work, Hawk and Owl Trust.”

Easy Access with Something for Everyone

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 and bridges provide easy assess on the reserve © Pat Jones
Boardwalks and bridges provide easy access on the reserve © Pat Jones

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, kingfisher, buzzard, bullfinch, willow and marsh tits, great spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, water and bank voles, stoat and weasel.




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A stunning Bullfinch; a regular at the Whitley Hide © David Ward
A stunning Bullfinch; a regular at the Whitley Hide © David Ward

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.

Birding for All have recently added a review of our reserve from the perspective of a wheelchair user – Click Here for the Review.

If you would like any more information about accessibility please call us on 01328856788 9 -5  seven days a week or e-mail

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.

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