News

There are always lots of exciting things going on in the Avalon Marshes including events, new species sightings and plenty of projects to restore habitats and conserve the area’s fascinating heritage. In addition to this news section you can keep in touch via the Avalon Marshes Facebook page which is updated on a regular basis and via our e-news “Messages from the Marshes” which is emailed out periodically. Sign up here to receive Messages from the Marshes.

Ham Wall Footpath closure update

Ham Wall Footpaths

  Essential maintenance works to Ashcott Railway Bridge on the main access path at the RSPB Ham Wall NNR will commence on Monday 4th of January 2016. The works will take approximately 3 weeks and are being carried out by… Read more…



Shapwick Moor All Terrain John Deere Gator

Shapwick Moor’s new helper

  The Hawk & Owl Trust’s Shapwick Moor is the newest nature reserve in the Avalon Marshes. These former arable fields are being transformed into a haven for wildlife through the hard work of staff and volunteers. The trust recently… Read more…



Glastonbury Abbey Medieval myths and facts

The legends live on

  A few weeks ago there was a lot in the news about medieval myth busting at Glastonbury Abbey. Unfortunately our press are as adept at creating myths as the abbey was in medieval times! Glastonbury Abbey recently explained the… Read more…



Avalon Hide Built Ham Wall

The Avalon Hide is open

  The RSPB’s Ham Wall National Nature Reserve is a great place to see wetland wildlife. However, it has lacked a raised and enclosed hide where visitors are protected from the weather but still have wonderful views. This has now all… Read more…



Anglo-Saxon Hall World Heritage

Anglo-Saxon skills in action

  If you have visited the Avalon Marshes Centre recently you may have noticed ever growing stacks of shaped oak beams. These are the timbers for a second replica building, an Anglo-Saxon long hall. In recent months South West Heritage… Read more…



Tower Hide Open for visitors at Shapwick Heath

Let’s make the Tower Hide a reality

  Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve lies at the heart of the Avalon Marshes which is part of Somerset’s Levels and Moors. Internationally important for its wildlife the reserve has extensive areas of reedbed and open water and attracts visitors… Read more…



Shapwick Hoard bronze age coin moulds

A tale of two hoards

  The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership’s Community Heritage Officer Tanya Camberwell recently attend a fascinating talk at the Edington and District History Group (EDHG). The talk given by group members, titled “A Tale of Two Hoards”, was about the accuracy… Read more…



Godwins Track prehistoric path

A window into the past

  The Avalon Marshes was once a place of swamp, fen and raised bog – not an easy place for ancient man to cross. Neolithic and Bronze age people built a variety of wooden trackways across the marshes. These mainly… Read more…



Conservation apprenticeship diploma countryside marketing

Avalon Marshes environmental conservation apprenticeship

  Passionate about nature? Want to kick-start a career in environmental conservation? Following the success of our 2013 Apprenticeship programme, the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is offering an apprentice the opportunity to develop their vocational experience with four of the… Read more…



newsletter from Shapwick Heath nature reserve

Shapwick Heath – volunteer and reserve news

  The past three months have once again proved to be a busy time for staff and volunteers at Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve (NNR), with plenty of infrastructure repairs being carried out before winter scrub management works… Read more…