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.

Gathering of senior staff at Ham Wall

Landscape Partnership Celebration

On the morning of Wednesday 29th March (yes, the  same day the Brexit was triggered!), a select group of people gathered at Ham Wall nature reserve to celebrate the completion of the hugely successful Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership Scheme –… Read more…



Bittern in flight

Boom! – Record Bittern Count

March saw the first Avalon Marshes wide booming bittern survey of this year. Over 70 staff and volunteers came together from across the Avalon Marshes Partnership conservation organisations and took part in this ‘very’ early morning (5-6am!) survey.   The technique… Read more…



Decoy Hide

Let the Light In!

The refurbished and improved Meare Heath and Decoy hides on Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve have now re-opened, and what a great change. The hides used to be dark and to some could feel rather un-welcoming when you… Read more…



Rural Life Museum & Tor

Rural Life to Re-open for the Summer

Somerset Rural Life Museum will reopen on Saturday 3 June following completion of a £2.4 million redevelopment project led by the South West Heritage Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Museum will tell the rich story of… Read more…



Sweet Track monitoring installation

Sweet Track Conservation

Monitoring equipment has been installed on Natural England’s Shapwick Heath NNR to keep a check on the condition of the Neolithic Sweet Track. Over recent months the section of the Sweet Track leading to Shapwick Burtle has been excavated to… Read more…