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The Hawk and Owl Trust, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve

The Hawk and Owl Trust, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, Turf Moor Rd, Sculthorpe, Fakenham, NR21 9GN, United Kingdom

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About The Hawk and Owl Trust, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve was created by the Hawk and Owl Trust to protect and enhance the very special habitat in the Wensum Valley of Norfolk. It includes the valley's only example of saw sedge wetland, a priority habitat for preservation in Europe. Its wildlife includes breeding marsh harriers, water rails and kingfishers as well as barn and tawny owls. Otters use its waterways and the fen is home to many species of dragonfly, butterfly, moth and flowering plants. Two of the four hides are accesible to all and the two at the end of the woodchip river path are accessible to visitors with powered disability scooters.

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve is a peaceful place, with a rich variety of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reedbed 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 reedbed.

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.

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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Special Opening

  • Open - All Year

Car Parking

  • Free Parking


  • Disabled Friendly
  • Guide Dogs Accepted
  • Special Needs


  • Pets Accepted


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