News

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.

RSPB Soil Conditioner for the green fingered out there!

Keen gardeners can now purchase RSPB Ham Wall soil conditioner from the car park at Ham Wall. Produced on site by staff and volunteers, the conditioner is made from reed and vegetation that we cut and collect as part of… Read more…



Somerset Crafts is open!

We are pleased to announce that Somerset Crafts, based at the Avalon Marshes Centre, has re-opened after extensive refurbishment. The Craft Centre has been closed since January 1st and is now transformed. Why not come and visit and see the… Read more…



Changes at the Avalon Marshes Centre

A great deal has been going on at the Avalon Marshes Centre this year with the refurbishment of the Craft Centre, expansion of the workshops and start of physical construction of the new offices.  Early 2018 is going to bring… Read more…



Christmas at Somerset Crafts

Looking for a Christmas present with a difference, perhaps one which reminds you of the Avalon Marshes? Somerset Crafts, based at the Avalon Marshes’ Craft Centre, is the place to visit!  Now fully decorated for the festive season, is the… Read more…



The re-opening of Noah’s and 70 Acres Hides

This October at Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve saw the opening of the brand new, Defra funded, Noah’s and 70 acres Hides. The old Noah’s Hide, originally built by Melvyn Yandle over 15 years ago was very popular, however… Read more…



Fishy goings on with Walter the Hermit

South West Heritage Trust’s community excavation at Burtle Priory revealed the grave of an adult male, which had been partially cut through by a refuse pit at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Radiocarbon dating has shown that he died sometime… Read more…



A Fond Farewell to Senior Reserve Manager Simon Clarke

We are sad to announce that after 10 years as Natural England’s Senior Reserve Manager for Somerset National Nature Reserves, Simon Clarke is moving on. However, he is staying with Natural England and is starting an exciting new role looking… Read more…



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…