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.

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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…



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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…



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Car parking charges at Ham Wall and Shapwick

From today Natural England and the RSPB have introduced car park charging on the RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve car park and the NE Ashcott Corner car park at Shapwick Heath NNR. We know this is a big change and… Read more…



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Anglo-Saxon Hall really taking shape

  The Anglo-Saxon Hall at the Avalon Marshes Centre is really taking shape. Built by South West Heritage Trust and their hard working Hands on Heritage volunteers and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We love the finishing touches! More… Read more…



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Friends of Shapwick Newsletter July to September 2016

The latest Friends of Shapwick Newsletter contains lots of news about what has been going on at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve: Osprey and Ibis, news on car parks and a new office, a big volunteer thank you, and details… Read more…



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Natural England’s Volunteers Calendar 2017

A few months ago one of our  volunteers approached me with an idea they had, to try and help raise funds to support the work we do here on Shapwick Heath NNR.  They suggested that we should produce a calendar… Read more…



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Photos from Rob Balch, Deon Warner, Bill Urwin and Julie Merrett

Shapwick Heath NNR Newsletter Apr – June

Catch up with all the hard work from the Natural England’s Somerset National Nature Reserves team with their latest newsletter covering April to June. This issue includes news about species surveys, brush cutting and white admirals alongside wildlife highlights from… Read more…



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A Celebration of Somerset

  A new ebook, launched to showcase the county of Somerset, is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. Compiled by renowned photographer Ian Brodie on behalf of Visit Somerset, ‘Visit Somerset: History and Heritage’ exhibits… Read more…



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Invasion at the Avalon Marshes Centre

The South West Heritage Trust’s historic replica buildings have seen lots of action since our last update, including their first public open days and group visits. The scaffolding from the outside of the Romano-British dining room has been removed and… Read more…



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New Shapwick Heath FSC Guide

  We are delighted to report that Natural England has launched its new Field Studies Centre guide to Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve (NNR) at the Avalon Marshes Open Day on Sunday 5th June. Designed by the Somerset NNR team… Read more…