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.

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…

Front cover of Shapwick Heathh NNR issue 23

New look Shapwick Heath NNR Newsletter

  Tree safety surveys, giant willow aphids, volunteer BBQ’s and more! The new look Shapwick Heath NNR newsletter is full of images and reserve news from the Natural England team, keeping you up to date with the hard work completed… Read more…

Westhay North hide

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…

Shapwick Moor workbase

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…

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…