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.

Stephen Moss in front of his on screen presentation at Strode Thare in Street, Somerset.

Not the Norfolk Broads!

  The Avalon Marshes was recently described by Stephen Moss on Radio 4’s Today programme as one of the best new places to see wildlife in the whole of the country. Well, the weekend of 4 / 5 June proved… Read more…



Training course participants out in the Avalon Marshes looking at wet grassland.

Wet grassland for farming and wildlife

  Much of the focus in the Avalon Marshes has been on the nature reserves which lie at its heart.  However, most of the area is characterised by wet grassland which has been farmed since the area was drained.  The… Read more…



Image showing exposed foundations of the early Norman and late 13th century (possibly 1274 AD rebuild) chapel walls.

Beckery Chapel opened up

  The chapels on Beckery island have been uncovered again for the first time in 50 years. Glastonbury Abbey sources from the 12th century link the chapel to King Arthur, who had a vision of Mary Magdelene and the infant… Read more…



Shapwick Heath Newsletter issue 20

Shapwick Heath – Volunteer and reserve news Issue 20

Booming Bitterns, Tower Hides, Grasslands and Livestock plus much more in the latest newsletter from the Shapwick Heath NNR team. Great artcles and up to date news from Natural England about the goings on at Shapwick Heath NNR. To download… Read more…



Tower hide view soft peat

Soft peat, tower views!

Shapwick Tower Hide awaiting its superstructure Hides, especially tower hides, provide a great location to see wildlife with minimal disturbance, shelter from the elements and fantastic vistas over the magical Avalon Marshes landscape. However, two key challenges face the teams… Read more…



What a difference a day makes!

  As you will know, Easter weekend this year was a real mixed bag of weather. Inevitably this was reflected in the visitor numbers to the Avalon Marshes reserves, picked up by the new visitor counters. These have been installed… Read more…



Saxon Viking carving for long hall

Dancing feet and creative hands

  Progress on the reproduction buildings at the Avalon Marshes centre continues at a steady pace. Our committed Hands on Heritage volunteers and staff from the South West Heritage Trust have been hard at work both on and behind the… Read more…



Somerset & Dorset Railway Club

Serene and Delightful!

  The Somerset and Dorset Railway was often referred to as the Slow and Dirty or more fondly the Serene and Delightful. It was closed fifty years ago, on 7 March 1966, as a result of the infamous Beeching cuts…. Read more…



Young Archaeologists Club Somerset

New young architects club started for Somerset

  Fantastic news for young people aged 8 -16 in Somerset; a new Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) has now been set up offering great opportunities to learn more about and get involved in archaeology. There will be a promotional launch… Read more…



Anglo-Saxon Long Hall Joints

Anglo Saxon Shakes

Work is progressing on the two new replica buildings at the Avalon Marshes Centre. Their methods of construction provide a fascinating glimpse into how our forebears built. Since our last update in November the timber frame of the Anglo Saxon Longhall has… Read more…