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Hawk and Owl Trust & Shapwick Moor

Link to map.

The Hawk and Owl Trust is a UK charity dedicated to preserving raptors. The bulk of the trusts work is done on specific nest boxes and locations such as the peregrine nest on the church at Bath. But they have three reserves in the UK one of which is close to the village of Shapwick.

Their Shapwick Moor reserve butts up against Natural Englands Shapwick Heath reserve at the Canada Farm end and it is also ajoining the Somerset Wildlife Trusts reserve of Catcott Complex. So their ground benefits greatly from the effects of all the sorrounding managed land.

The principle aim of the reserve is to generate habitat for both raptors and other wildlife, especially wintering wildfowl. It is mostly rough grassland and farmland that have extensive hedgerows. These are designed to increase the small mammal population for which the raptors feed on.

The reserve has two hides where the Barbara Handley hide has wide ranging views over thier reserve and that of Natural England and Somerset Wildlife Trusts ground. They have many bird feeders and a small pond right in front of the hide which draws in a lot of small birds to look at.

This site map linked at the top of this page is probably the most up to date map available because they have been adding facilities to the reserve. You can download a reserve leaflet from their website too.

Photos relating to Shapwick Moor can be found here.
A gallery of Shapwick Moor reserve and facilities only are here.
All wildlife seen at Shapwick Moor is here.
And specifically of: Birds, Insects, and Plants.

The Hawk and Owl Trust also maintain their own image library with an extensive collection of images of their reserve - see below.

 
Reserve

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Kestrel

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