Read about all the latest news from Shapwick Heath and Somerset’s other National Nature Reserves, including a report on the Rugged Oil Beetle in Somerset.  Autumn has been a bit of a slow burn this year, with an exceptionally warm October seeing butterflies and dragonflies on
the wing far later than we would expect. Thankfully November saw temperatures starting to drop and some of those
magical autumn colours lighting up the trees. The turn of the season has brought with it the arrival of our over-wintering
bird population at Shapwick, with the usual impressive duck selection splashing around on the lakes.

Long live the Avalon Marshes!

The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership Scheme, grant aided by Heritage Lottery for the last 4 years to the tune of £1.7m, finally came to an end in November.  More than 60 projects have been delivered to conserve the unique landscape,… Read more…



Investing in the future

Thanks to funding by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Natural England is about to start some of the planned improvements at the Avalon Marshes Centre, significant refurbishment to hides at Shapwick Heath and construction of a… Read more…