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.

Canoe Launch volunteers

Volunteers clock-up 10,000 hours

A significant milestone has been achieved by local volunteers who have given over 10,000 hours to the many conservation projects being delivered as part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership. The projects, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, have been… Read more…



Avalon Marshes Leaflet

A magical landscape

Visitors to the Avalon Marshes now have four exciting leaflets to help them explore and enjoy this magical landscape.  The leaflets are: A magical landscape – An  overall  leaflet about the Avalon Marshes Fantastic family adventures – With ten terrific… Read more…



Canoe launch, neolithic beech tree, forestry commission

Launch that canoe!

In the past the reed swamp, bogs and mires of the Avalon Marshes were difficult to cross! Neolithic man  overcame this by constructing trackways. However, in the Iron Age the marshes  became far wetter and dugout canoes replaced these trackways…. Read more…



Bittern breakfast volunteers booming bird counting

Booming breakfast!

The reedbeds of the Avalon Marshes are nationally important habitat for the elusive Bittern.  In the spring the first “sign” of activity is the sound of heavy breathing! This is the male Bittern starting to build up its muscles to… Read more…



Swallows feeding

One swallow does not make a summer?

“One swallow does not make a summer” as the saying goes but the swallows have arrived and it certainly feels and sounds like summer in the Avalon Marshes. We have had warm, if not hot, Easter days with full sunshine…. Read more…



softrak, apprenticeship training, natural england, Shapwick

Softrak-ing Across Nature Reserves

Apprenticeship update by Shayl Renyard As part of my apprenticeship I received training to drive Natural England’s softrak on Shapwick NNR. The softrak was match funded through the Hertiage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported Landscape Partnership Scheme; the same scheme that… Read more…



Tourist Information Centre screen , Glastonbury, wildlife photography

Glastonbury TIC hosts the Avalon Marshes

We have recently installed a TV screen showing wildlife images captured in the Avalon Marshes at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Glastonbury. The 5 minute video has some lovely footage of our resident Great White Egrets and Kingfishers, along… Read more…



Cafe Burtle, Burtle Village Hall, Exhibition

Images of Avalon at Burtle Cafe

On the 14th of February Tanya Camberwell, Community Heritage Officer with the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership (AMLP), attended “café Burtle” at Burtle Village Hall.  Café Burtle is a regular event and Tanya was there to display the Images of Avalon… Read more…



Strode College collage

Strode students getting stuck in to local landscape

We have had three groups from Strode College out this week, each on SWT’s Westhay Moor NNR, and each doing different projects. On Monday we had second year Media students working with us and Somerset Film on our Sights & Sounds of the Marshes… Read more…



Starlings at spring view

Starling Spring?

The starlings on the Avalon Marshes are acting as if spring is here. They are not settled and are changing roosting sites on a regular basis, this often heralds their spring departure. If you are coming to see them try… Read more…