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A few months ago one of our  volunteers approached me with an idea they had, to try and help raise funds to support the work we do here on Shapwick Heath NNR.  They suggested that we should produce a calendar of the reserve.  But this would be different.  Why not launch a competition amongst volunteers to see if they’d like to donate photographs to help produce this, taken throughout the year to show a year in the life of Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve.  We thought it was a great idea.  So this year we would like to try and produce a 2017 calendar which we will sell locally.  All funds raised will be used to help support our work on Shapwick Heath.

Would you be interested in entering a digital photo into this competition with a chance of it being featured in the calendar?

Each photo would acknowledge the photographer and provide a snapshot of that month on the reserve.  We are looking for all sorts of images of Shapwick throughout the season, wildlife, landscape, volunteers at work, anything that shows Shapwick Heath for the special place it is.

To enter please send an A4 print of your chosen digital image to myself at the Avalon Marshes Centre (address below) by Wednesday 12th October.

All successful  images chosen for the calendar must be available in a high resolution digital format for calendar production.  We unfortunately cannot accept any images previously used in publications or media productions.

We are very sorry that we won’t be able to return all the photos sent in but we’d very much like to run an exhibition of shots received later in 2017.  Please add your contact details to the back of the photo and  sign on the photo if you would be happy to have your image shown in this exhibition and in the calendar.  The successful images will be chosen the week of the 17th October and all successful entrants will be informed.

We very much value the continued support of our many volunteers and supporters and look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate in contacting me at Shapwick Heath.

With best wishes


Simon Clarke
Senior Reserve Manager
Somerset National Nature Reserves
Natural England
The Avalon Marshes Centre
Shapwick Road

Email  Tel: 01458 860120