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.

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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…



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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…



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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…



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Long live the Avalon Marshes!

The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership Scheme, grant aided by Heritage Lottery for the last 4 years to the tune of £1.7m, finally came to an end in November.  More than 60 projects have been delivered to conserve the unique landscape,… Read more…



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Investing in the future

Thanks to funding by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Natural England is about to start some of the planned improvements at the Avalon Marshes Centre, significant refurbishment to hides at Shapwick Heath and construction of a… Read more…



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Car parking charges at Ham Wall and Shapwick

From today Natural England and the RSPB have introduced car park charging on the RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve car park and the NE Ashcott Corner car park at Shapwick Heath NNR. We know this is a big change and… Read more…



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Anglo-Saxon Hall really taking shape

  The Anglo-Saxon Hall at the Avalon Marshes Centre is really taking shape. Built by South West Heritage Trust and their hard working Hands on Heritage volunteers and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We love the finishing touches! More… Read more…



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Friends of Shapwick Newsletter July to September 2016

The latest Friends of Shapwick Newsletter contains lots of news about what has been going on at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve: Osprey and Ibis, news on car parks and a new office, a big volunteer thank you, and details… Read more…



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Natural England’s Volunteers Calendar 2017

A few months ago one of our  volunteers approached me with an idea they had, to try and help raise funds to support the work we do here on Shapwick Heath NNR.  They suggested that we should produce a calendar… Read more…