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.

Conservation apprenticeship diploma countryside marketing

Avalon Marshes environmental conservation apprenticeship

  Passionate about nature? Want to kick-start a career in environmental conservation? Following the success of our 2013 Apprenticeship programme, the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is offering an apprentice the opportunity to develop their vocational experience with four of the… Read more…



newsletter from Shapwick Heath nature reserve

Shapwick Heath – volunteer and reserve news

  The past three months have once again proved to be a busy time for staff and volunteers at Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve (NNR), with plenty of infrastructure repairs being carried out before winter scrub management works… Read more…



paradise community garden group

Birds fly into paradise

  A developing community garden in Glastonbury hosted its first event recently with local residents making nest boxes and feeders to attract more birds and bees to the site, with a little help from the Avalon Marshes Project. The Gardens,… Read more…



Debs Rylands Education Officer

A new face joins the team

  Learning is central to the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme and we are pleased to welcome a new Education Officer to the team: Debs Rylands. Debs recently joined us as Heritage Education Officer taking over from Amy Stone, who… Read more…



Osprey visiting during migration

Just passing through

  The Osprey is a magnificent bird of prey which breeds in northern Britain. However, like many others it is not so keen on our winters, it heads off to the sun mainly in West Africa. Whilst on passage in… Read more…



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…