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Hawk and Owl Trust

Hawk and Owl Trust is a UK charity founded in 1969. It is dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild and increasing knowledge and understanding of them. We create and manage nesting, roosting and feeding habitats; carry out practical research and welcome visitors to our wildlife reserves, education centres and other outreach projects. Our four key areas are conservation, education, research and running our three nature reserves in Norfolk, Somerset and North Yorkshire.

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve

he existing Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, near Fakenham in North Norfolk is almost completely encircled by the area of land, ‘Sculthorpe Fen’, that we have been given the option to buy.

Sculthorpe Moor 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, this 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 wonderful place to come for a stroll.

The reserve is open to all through boardwalks across the entire reserve making access easy for everyone; Sculthorpe Moor can proudly boast to be one of the most disabled-friendly and accessible nature reserves in the whole country!

Bird feeders, nest boxes and direction signs with distances included are sited along the way and there are viewing platforms, places to sit and relax, and five hides for watching the wildlife.  The elevated Whitley and Volunteer Hides give 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, treecreepers, water and bank voles, stoats and weasels.

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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