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.

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…



bronze age trackway at Meare Heath

Bronze Age trackway back in use!

Wednesday 28th January was a fierce day with strong cold winds and squally showers; this did not deter the South West Heritage Trust’s Hands on Heritage volunteers and they headed down to Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature reserve to… Read more…



Decoy Track Neolithic

Neolithic technology

From early times people built trackways across the soft ground of the Avalon Marshes. These linked the dry “islands” such as Meare with the Polden Hills.  The design of these trackways varied and some were constructed of timber hurdles (a… Read more…



RSPB Ham Wall reserve

Bigger and better parking

The wonders of the Avalon Marshes attract more and more people. The nature reserves near the Avalon Marshes Centre bring those who are just out for a pleasant walk with the family through to the keen bird watchers. Whilst there… Read more…



Winter reeds at dusk

Winter reeds

Winter light makes for wonderful light, a good time to be out with your camera. Walking to see the starlings late afternoon and this this view caught my eye! Always carry your camera with you when you are exploring the… Read more…



Natural England fencing project Shapwick heath

Apprentices’ Fencing Project

Recently we have been working on a fencing project for Natural England on the Canada Farm side of Shapwick Heath NNR. We put in a 30m stretch of post and wire fencing to help control the stock (mainly cattle) that… Read more…



Catcott boardwalk built by royal navy

Royal Navy at Calcott

Members of the 815 Squadron’s 234 Lynx Flight spent a week working at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Catcott Nature Reserves. They worked hard building a raised boardwalk through an area of wet woodland, helping ensure access for the public at any… Read more…



School children creative project local

The marshes are alive with the sound of music

Children and adults visited the Red Brick Building to celebrate the Avalon Marshes through poetry, stories, artwork and music.  The event featured work by local school children and students inspired by the local wetland landscape and was organised by the… Read more…



South Drain landscape photography avalon marshes

Autumn works

On a lovely autumn day the Environment Agency’s long reach machine is hard at work clearing summer weed from the South Drain. The Autumn colours in the Avalon Marshes are wonderful in the early morning and late afternoon light! More… Read more…