New audio system at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve will ensure visitors never miss out on the action

Conservation officer Nigel Middleton at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

Conservation officer Nigel Middleton at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A new audio system for guided tours around Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve will ensure that visitors never miss out on the action.

The equipment, which cost around £2,500 enables tour guides to speak with larger groups of people even if they are not nearby.

It comprises of 24 small individual receivers which can be worn on a belt and connect wirelessly to the leader's transmitter.

The audio system was presented to the Hawk and Owl Trust this month by the chairman of the Friends of Sculthorpe Moor (FOSM), Piers Reinhold.

Nigel Middleton, from the trust, said, 'Guided walks and similar outdoor events are an important part of what we do here at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.


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'These 'whisperers' will make our job so much easier, whilst ensuring that all the participants will not miss out on any of the action and will get the most out of their special visit to this amazing reserve.'

The reserve, located near Fakenham, is accessed via a network of boardwalks, which makes it easy for groups to become spread out.

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But thanks to the new equipment, which is known as a whisperer, it will ensure that people can hear what is being said regardless of where they are.

Adrian Blumfield, the trust's chief operations director, said the ear pieces were a 'huge asset' for the organisation.

He added that it will enable guides to increase the size of their groups from 15 to 20 people.

The 45 acre site is home to woodcocks, owls, a variety of fungi and glow-worms. And the trust runs a number of events throughout the year to give people the chance to see the animals. They include day time and evening walks.

The new equipment was purchased by FOSM following a number of the fundraising events over the past year.

Founded in 2007, the group is dedicated to raising money for the reserve.

Through the group's activities, the reserve has benefitted from a new approach road and new nest boxes.

The latest campaign, which has been launched by the Hawk and Owl Trust, is a £1.7m appeal to purchase a further 15 hectares of surrounding land.

The trust hopes by doing so, it will prevent it from being sold on the open market.

Visit www.hawkandowl.org

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