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Non Intervention Policy Statement
The Sculthorpe Moor Marsh Harriers are wild birds and it is the Hawk and Owl Trust’s policy that we will not intervene with chicks or adults whilst they are in the nest. Factors such as adverse weather, sickness, inexperienced parents and lack of food can all lead to one or more of the chicks failing to survive. On occasion you may find some of the scenes distressing. This is nature in the raw and we are privileged to witness it. Marsh Harriers are protected from disturbance by law whilst nesting.
Leanne Thomas, Hawk and Owl Trust Education Officer at Sculthorpe Moor says:
‘It was such a wet day on Tuesday 27 May that ‘Mrs. H’ (female bird) had to stay sitting tightly on the chicks all day to keep them dry and warm. Food was in short supply so the chicks were hungry. On Wednesday morning the two smallest chicks, which are a week younger than the other three, were looking very weak. One of the small chicks was attacked by a hungry older chick until ‘Mrs. H’ returned with food. The two smallest chicks were still alive on Wednesday morning but they may not survive, the three oldest chicks are looking fit and healthy. The chicks hatching at different times and being different sizes means that if food is in short supply hopefully the biggest chicks will survive even if the smallest ones do not.’