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.

Mud, sweat and cob

  A big day on any building project is when the structure emerges from the ground. Lots of work goes into foundations, underground services and the ground floor but little can be seen. The same is true of the Avalon… Read more…



Disabled access education

Access for all?

  “Does he take sugar?” is an old cliché but it did help Avalon Marshes staff think more about visitors, volunteers and staff who are disabled in one way or another. This was all part of a disability awareness training… Read more…



Houndstone Summer Fete Somerset Wildlife

Houndwood Summer Fete

  The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership team were delighted to meet lots of budding wildlife enthusiasts at the annual Houndwood Summer Fete in July.  The team ran pond dipping, butterfly-friendly planting and wildlife picture colouring.  We have been kept busy… Read more…



Poetry event storytelling Avalon Marshes local schools

Young poets inspired by the Avalon Marshes

  A project to enhance children’s awareness of their local environment was showcased with storytelling and poetry at an event at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury on 22 July.  Pupils from West Pennard and Walton schools read a number… Read more…



Jigsaw appeal fundraising Somerset Wildlife

Jigsaw success will save crucial Avalon Marshes site

  A vital piece of wildlife habitat in the Avalon Marshes is to be saved for future generations thanks to a successful Somerset Wildlife Trust fundraising appeal. The trust took on the challenge of raising £55,000 in six weeks in… Read more…



New nature trail open at Shapwick Heath

New nature trail for Shapwick Heath

    A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk has been opened on Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve which lies at the heart of the Avalon Marshes in Somerset. The ‘Discovery Trail’ winds its way through the reedbeds and woodland of providing new opportunities… Read more…



Somerset Crafts Information Area

Visitor information at the Avalon Marshes Centre

  With the help of a small and growing band of volunteers and the co-operation of Somerset Crafts the Avalon Marshes Centre now hosts a dedicated Avalon Marshes information area. Contained within the Somerset Crafts building the information service is… Read more…



Avalon brochure for cycling and walk routes

Summer exploring

  Over the past two years Avalon Marshes staff and volunteers have been out in the landscape surveying potential walks and cycle rides.  Their objective was to identify routes that give a flavour of this amazing place, taking in any… Read more…



water model climate change water management

Steam on the Levels

Over the weekend of the 16th and 17th May the Avalon Marshes team attended the Steam on the Levels event organised and hosted by the Westonzoyland Engine Trust. It was a fun packed weekend with a variety of visiting engines on… Read more…



Avalon apprentices farewell

Avalon Apprentices get fond farewell

Avalon Marshes environmental conservation apprentices Suzie Robson and Shayl Renyard were today given a big send off by staff and volunteers at the Avalon Marshes Centre. After 18 months of hard work and practical training, the two are now well… Read more…