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 Hours

The Reserve, Car Park and Visitor & Education Centre: 
Summer: April to October: 8.00am – 5.00pm  (Thursday Late Night Opening through till 8.30pm, or dusk if earlier)

Winter:  November to March: 8.00am – 4.00pm

(The reserve, car park and visitor & education centre are all Closed on Christmas Day)

Easy Access with Something for Everyone

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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.

If you would like any more information about accessibility please call us on 01328 856788 or e-mail

Sculthorpe Moor’s new aerial walkway leading up to the 4 metre high viewing platform © Martin Lippiatt

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. Photo by Peter Bash
Brain Anderson viewing the construction of our new hide Photo 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.

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Video Tour of Sculthorpe Moor

Hawk and Owl Trust Wing Tagged Marsh Harrier Project

From Mustard TV, Norwich. Wildlifer and Journalist Nick Acheson visited the Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve recently tracking Ringer Phil Littler at work as part of our WIng Tagged Marsh Harrier Project.

Map of Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve