News

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.

Award Winning ‘Avalon Marshes’!

What an exciting week that was! As you may have heard by now, comedian Bill Bailey sprung a big surprise on the Avalon Marshes Partnership team last Wednesday, when he turned up unannounced to tell us we had won the… Read more…



Cattle Egret

Rare Birds Breed in the Avalon Marshes

There are celebrations in the Avalon Marshes following the news that cattle egrets have bred successfully in the area for only the second time ever in the UK. The exotic birds, members of the heron family, have adopted a 70-acre… Read more…



We need YOUR vote!

Voting is now closed – thank you for all your support! We have some exciting news to share with you! Our Avalon Marshes Project has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2017 in the Best Environment Project  category. … Read more…



Tor from Rural Life Museum

Rural Life Museum Re-opening

A celebration of Somerset’s heritage is taking place at Somerset Rural Life Museum when it re-opens on Saturday 3 June. Local people are invited to join the South West Heritage Trust for opening day at the refurbished Museum, which tells… Read more…



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Shapwick Heath NNR Newsletter Jan – Mar 2017

It’s that time again – the new quarterly newsletter from the Natural England Somerset team is out now. Enjoy some light reading with your morning cup of tea (or coffee)… Hear what the Natural England team have been up to… Read more…



Anglo-Saxon Hall carvings

Here be Dragons!

The South West Heritage Trust continues work on the two replica buildings at the Avalon Marshes Centre through the sterling efforts of the ‘Hand on Heritage’ volunteer group. Coats of limewash have been applied to two sides of the Roman… Read more…



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…