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.

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…



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…