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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 manager…Continue 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 2013,1…Continue 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 10th…Continue 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 is…Continue 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 application…Continue 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 designated…Continue Reading

North Somerset and Bristol Group spread the word at the North Somerset Countryside Day

The North Somerset and Bristol Group attended the North Somerset Countryside Day on 10th July, organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Approximately 2,300 enthusiastic and excited school children attended this event which is aimed at raising awareness of what goes on in the countryside, and more particularly, how their food is produced.  Each group…Continue Reading

Adopt a Box Celebrates 21 Years of Conserving Birds of Prey and Owls

Adopt a Box 21st Anniversary Competition! Adopt a Box is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. The scheme was founded by Colin Shawyer, developed by colleagues in the Hawk and Owl Trust and launched in October 1992 by Chris Packham, who is now the Trust’s president. By adopting a box, supporters contribute to the Trust’s…Continue Reading