Uploaded: June 29, 2017 Posted: AMP Mike
We have some exciting news to share with you! Our Avalon Marshes Project has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2017 in the Best Environment Project category. We really would like YOUR help and YOUR vote to help us win.
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities across the country.
The Avalon Marshes is competing against six other national projects, so to be in with a chance of winning £5000 to help secure the future of the project, and to feature on the BBC One television show, we need your vote to help us win! Please support us by casting a vote on our page. Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support! If you could share this with your own contacts, family and friends and ask them to vote for us too that would be brilliant!
Naturalist, author and TV producer Stephen Moss tells us why the Avalon Marshes is one of the very best lowland wetlands in Britain – Follow this link to You Tube
As I’m sure you already appreciate, the Avalon Marshes is one of the finest remaining lowland wetlands in Britain and a very special part of the Somerset Levels and Moors landscape. It incorporates a variety of valuable wildlife habitats, which are of huge international importance for migrating birds that fly in each spring and autumn to join the ducks, waders and other animals that live here all year. Visitors come from far and wide here to see our “Big Three”: Marsh Harrier, Bittern and the Great White Egret; winter also draws the crowds for the amazing sights and sounds of the Starling murmurations. Underpinning this is 10,000 years of human history, giving the area its rich archaeological heritage – with Glastonbury Tor serving as the perfect backdrop – including ancient trackways, such as the famous Sweet Track, Iron Age lake villages and its more recent peat history.
The amount that the Avalon Marshes project has been able to achieve over four years thanks to lottery funding is quite remarkable. This, teamed with the help of dedicated staff from all the partner organisations involved, amazing volunteers, passionate supporters and committed communities, we’ve been able to massively improve access to the nature reserves, provide new bird hides, create discovery trails, historic reconstructions and visitor facilities, run inspiring events across the project area, and provide education and training resources which have benefited volunteers, schools, colleges, visitors and the local community.
Through the project the wider public have really started to understand the value and significance of this unique place. This award gives us the opportunity to gain national recognition of the work going on here, and would help us to maintain it as a safe site for wildlife, and an inspiring place for people. To help secure a healthy future for this special place, WE NEED YOUR VOTE!
Thank you in advance
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