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.

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…



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…



Compost Sales at the Avalon Marshes Centre

During the building works at the Avalon Marshes Centre, RSPB Ham Wall’s compost sales are temporarily suspended for safety reasons.  Please bear with us while we work on a safe, alternative way of selling our peat-free compost to the public.



Avalon Marshes Centre

Start of work at the Avalon Marshes Centre – Layout changes

Natural England are pleased to announce that funding has now been secured for the development of new facilities at the Avalon Marshes Centre that will much improve the experience of visitors to the Avalon Marshes Landscape and  its  many nature… Read more…