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 is open!

We are pleased to announce that Somerset Crafts, based at the Avalon Marshes Centre, has re-opened after extensive refurbishment. The Craft Centre has been closed since January 1st and is now transformed. Why not come and visit and see the… Read more…



Changes at the Avalon Marshes Centre

A great deal has been going on at the Avalon Marshes Centre this year with the refurbishment of the Craft Centre, expansion of the workshops and start of physical construction of the new offices.  Early 2018 is going to bring… Read more…



Christmas at Somerset Crafts

Looking for a Christmas present with a difference, perhaps one which reminds you of the Avalon Marshes? Somerset Crafts, based at the Avalon Marshes’ Craft Centre, is the place to visit!  Now fully decorated for the festive season, is the… Read more…



The re-opening of Noah’s and 70 Acres Hides

This October at Natural England’s Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve saw the opening of the brand new, Defra funded, Noah’s and 70 acres Hides. The old Noah’s Hide, originally built by Melvyn Yandle over 15 years ago was very popular, however… Read more…



Fishy goings on with Walter the Hermit

South West Heritage Trust’s community excavation at Burtle Priory revealed the grave of an adult male, which had been partially cut through by a refuse pit at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Radiocarbon dating has shown that he died sometime… Read more…



A Fond Farewell to Senior Reserve Manager Simon Clarke

We are sad to announce that after 10 years as Natural England’s Senior Reserve Manager for Somerset National Nature Reserves, Simon Clarke is moving on. However, he is staying with Natural England and is starting an exciting new role looking… Read more…



Award Winning ‘Avalon Marshes’!

What an exciting week that was! As you may have heard by now, comedian Bill Bailey sprung a big surprise on the Avalon Marshes Partnership team last Wednesday, when he turned up unannounced to tell us we had won the… Read more…



Cattle Egret

Rare Birds Breed in the Avalon Marshes

There are celebrations in the Avalon Marshes following the news that cattle egrets have bred successfully in the area for only the second time ever in the UK. The exotic birds, members of the heron family, have adopted a 70-acre… Read more…



We need YOUR vote!

Voting is now closed – thank you for all your support! 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. … Read more…



Tor from Rural Life Museum

Rural Life Museum Re-opening

A celebration of Somerset’s heritage is taking place at Somerset Rural Life Museum when it re-opens on Saturday 3 June. Local people are invited to join the South West Heritage Trust for opening day at the refurbished Museum, which tells… Read more…