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.

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…



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…