Marsh harrier mum returns to nature reserve

A female marsh harrier has returned to a nature reserve near Fakenham for the seventh year running to raise her family in the reed beds.

The regular visitor to the Hawk and Owl Trust's Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve has been affectionately dubbed 'Mrs H' by staff and volunteers.

She has raised six chicks this year, the same number which successfully fledged last year, watched by the reserve's other visitors via a mini-camera next to the nest.

The images are shown on television screens in the education centre, and in one of the hides.

A spokesman for the reserve said: 'This is the fourth year that Mrs H has starred on the television screens at the reserve.

'If all goes well the chicks will be leaving the nest at the end of June, or beginning of July. Between now and then visitors to the reserve can watch Mrs H and other magnificent marsh harriers flying above the reed bed on the reserve as well as being able to watch the growing chicks on the screens.'

Live footage from the nest cameras can be viewed at the reserve between 9am and 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, or via the webcam at www.hawkandowl.org.

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