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Big ‘thank you’ to Hawk and Owl Trust North Somerset Group for Equipment Donation

The  lovely members of the North Somerset H&OT Group have donated six pairs of top quality loppers to enhance the tool stocks at Shapwick Moor. These tools have been needed urgently to help cut back willows along the ditch sides, one of the most important habitats on the reserve.

Carrie Riches (left) Simon Beard (Centre) and Pat Rogers (Right)

Carrie Riches (left) Simon Beard (Centre) and Pat Rogers (Right)

Pictured here are Carrie Riches (Chair of local Group), Simon Beard (H&OT Community Officer- Shapwick Moor) & Pat Rogers, (local group member and Treasurer) as they presented the new tools on the latest workday on the Moor.

The loppers were in action within a few hours of arriving!

The Shapwick Work day can be described thus…. wet & windy! Six brave souls faced the elements and managed to paint the entire of the new hide with preservative and put in a pipe from the guttering of the hide to collect rainwater to fill up neighbouring pond. Work on our new hide is definitely nearing completion!

The new track has suffered a lot from the incredibly wet winter and may need some repairs in the spring. Fortunately for us, the main flooded areas on the Somerset Levels are slightly south of our reserve and our vegetation has not been harmed. Our thoughts are with our flooded neighbours though…

Shapwick Moor Work Day 23 Feb – Help ‘build’ our youngest reserve!

Come along at 10am on 23 February and help us finish work on our first ever Observation Hide, ready for its official opening on March 8. This has been our busiest winter ever with lots of ditch work completed, together with new ponds and scrapes, new paths, lots of hedging and the erecting lots ofContinue Reading

Next workday at Shapwick Moor

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be shown, by Simon Beard, our Education Officer, just how much progress been made on the reserve in the last few weeks. Recent works include two scrapes and a pond in front of our main hide and the hole for a small pond near the hide. We now haveContinue Reading

Shapwick Reserve Coming on Leaps and Bounds – Despite the Weather!

In the face of an atrocious weather forecast the work day on our reserve on the Somerset Levels, Shapwick Moor, on 5 January 2014 was postponed until Sunday 25 January 2014. However, in spite of the wet conditions there have still been lots of developments. Simon Beard, our Education and Outreach Officer (Reserve Development managerContinue Reading

Hawk and Owl Trust Joins Environmental Colleagues in Call for Government to Fulfil its Natural Environment Commitments

Prime Minister Must Do More For Nature Leading Environmental Group Warns: The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, despite huge public support for action for nature, environmental coalition group Wildlife and Countryside Link warn. The Government’s performance in protecting our environment has come under scrutiny in Nature Check 2013,1Continue Reading

Woodland Trust donate 450 young trees to Somerset Levels Nature reserve

The Hawk and Owl Trust are delighted to announce that our conservation colleagues The Woodland Trust, have very kindly donated 450 young trees to start off the extensive programme of habitat management that we have planned for the newest of our reserves – Shapwick Moor. A work party day has been planned for Sunday 10thContinue Reading

Apprenticeship Positions Available at Avalon Marshes

        Avalon Marshes Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship x 2 (Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership) Full-time 37.5 hours per week Starting salary: £148 per week (for the first 12 months, increasing thereafter in line with the National Minimum Wage) Passionate about nature? Want to kick-start a career in environmental conservation? The Somerset Wildlife Trust isContinue Reading

Planning Permission Secured for New Avalon Marshes Centre

The plans for a new Avalon Marshes Centre, to replace the existing facilities on the land adjoining the former Peat Moors Centre off Shapwick Road, Westhay, near Glastonbury, have recently been approved by Mendip District Council. Now the focus turns to raising the funding to enable the vision to become a reality. The planning applicationContinue Reading

Hawk and Owl Trust ‘Baling for Biodiversity’ Project Receives Award for Habitat Restoration

The team from our Sculthorpe Moor Reserve, especially Neil Chadwick, Baling for Biodiversity Project Officer, are delighted to have been recognised for their habitat restoration work by the Norfolk Biodiversity Project.  This fledgling project is making great inroads on sites around Norfolk that have been crying out for attention.  Several of the sites are designatedContinue Reading

Rare Royal Fern found on Fylingdales Moor

Staff at the Hawk and Owl moorland reserve at Fylingdales on the North York Moors are delighted to announce the discovery of a rare fern. ‘A Royal Fern is a great find for Fylindales. This brings the ‘un-official’ plant count to 269 species now!’ Says Chris Hansell, Hawk and Owl Trust Ranger at Fylingdales