By now we are all aware of the severity of Coronavirus and the impact it will have on our lives in the coming weeks and months.

We wanted to let you know how we are dealing with it at the Avalon Marshes.  Safety is our top priority and we are closely monitoring Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates in order to act quickly, and are following advice from the Government and World Health Organisation.

In line with government advice, and to play our part in not spreading Covid-19, we are cancelling all events and volunteer activities until further notice, and will keep this under review as updates emerge.  

As regards the Avalon Marshes Centre, Somerset Crafts and the Information Point will be CLOSED until further notice.  However, the café and outdoor seating will remain OPEN, as will the public toilets, with Government advice regarding non-entry for those with coughs or fevers.

Our nature reserves are open and remain excellent places to unwind with wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise, away from any crowd if you are not in government advised self-isolation. 

Please see the individual partner organisations’ social media and websites for further details. Thank you.

Front cover of Shapwick Heathh NNR issue 23

New look Shapwick Heath NNR Newsletter

  Tree safety surveys, giant willow aphids, volunteer BBQ’s and more! The new look Shapwick Heath NNR newsletter is full of images and reserve news from the Natural England team, keeping you up to date with the hard work completed… Read more…



Westhay North hide

Another fantastic new hide!

Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve has continued to evolve and grow since Somerset Wildlife Trust first acquired land here in the 1970s. The reserve now has a very impressive improvement, the new North Hide. For those of you that have… Read more…



Shapwick Moor workbase

Shapwick Moor workbase

Those of you who have visited The Hawk & Owl Trust reserve on Shapwick Moor recently will have seen a new building looming out of the fog, or more recently the sunshine!   This new building will house the work… Read more…



Sculptural delights

The final improvements at RSPB’s Ham Wall funded by the Heritage Lottery through the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme have been completed in the mini marshes area. Anyone visiting in the last couple of months will have seen the new… Read more…



Beckery Chapel dig

Earliest monastery in the British Isles discovered

Excavations at Beckery near Glastonbury in the Avalon Marshes have produced the earliest known evidence for monasticism in the British Isles. Radiocarbon dating of bodies in the monastic cemetery has shown that the monastery began in the 5th or early… Read more…