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Avalon Marshes Update

Developments Affecting Shapwick Moor

Hawk and Owl Trust members in the south west can catch up with developments in the Avalon Marshes project, including the Trust’s Shapwick Moor nature reserve, at a special meeting on Friday 11 March.

Trustee Rod Leslie and Alex Sherman, development manager of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership, will brief members and answer questions at 8.00pm in the former Peat Moors Visitor Centre, between Shapwick and Westhay, Somerset.

It is one of a series of community events to get residents of the Somerset Levels and surrounding area involved in the project and allow their feedback to shape its future. Among plans under consideration are ideas for new bird hides on the Levels.

The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project aims to improve access and understanding of the landscape and its cultural heritage. With Heritage Lottery Fund support it will last four years, spending over £2 million on landscape and heritage projects. The Hawk and Owl Trust is one of the project partners, with the RSPB, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Somerset County Council.

The project involves building the Avalon Marshes heritage centre, building footpaths to make the existing nature reserves more accessible, and offering courses in traditional skills such as thatching and weaving to keep them alive.

Locals could benefit from training in conservation, archaeology and traditional land management techniques and skills, working as project volunteers to preserve the landscape.

Other events, starting at 6.30 pm, where Trust members and others can catch up if they cannot make the 11 March 2011 date are:

Godney Village Hall, Monday, February 28
Burtle Village Hall, Wednesday, March 2
Avalon Marshes Centre, Wednesday March 9
Mark Village Hall, Monday, March 14
Glastonbury Town Hall, Wednesday, March 16

Although these are open events, people are being asked to call Alex Sherman in advance on 01458 860556 or to email click here.

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