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Shapwick Moor Opens Its Second Hide

Less than a month from completing work on the Barbara Handley Hide, Shapwick Moor has completed a second hide for use by visitors. This attractive new hide was designed and built by local craftsman Edwin Rider to resemble the Shepherd’s huts that used to be used in the area. It overlooks one of the manyContinue Reading

Avalon Marshes Family Group Plant 600 Trees on Shapwick Moor

Members of the Avalon Marshes Youth group gathered recently on a cold and windy morning for 3 hours of intensive hedge planting. After some initial instructions, the children, aged between 4 and 10 yrs old, quickly set about the task of planting over 600 trees along the trackside. They quickly made short work of theContinue Reading

Shapwick Moor Receives Saplings From Garden Centre

THE Hawk and Owl Trust’s 55 hectare nature reserve, near Glastonbury, has this spring (2014) been presented with 50 young trees thanks to a Somerset Garden Centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre donated the saplings to the Trust for use on it’s Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve near Glastonbury. Philip Holms, Somerset Trustee for theContinue Reading

Hawk & Owl Trust Open New Hide On The Moor

Members and friends of the Hawk & Owl Trust from all over the country gathered at Shapwick Moor last weekend to celebrate the opening of the first bird observation hide on Shapwick Moor, the Hawk & Owl Trust’s newest nature reserve, managed for its wildlife as part of the Avalon Marshes area and the TrustContinue Reading

Winter Flooding Delays Ditch Clearing Work at Shapwick Moor

The wet winter has not affected the fields of Shapwick Moor as much as the land further south on the Somerset Levels, but the continual rain has reduced the amount of work carried out by youth groups on the reserve in late winter. We are desperately trying to catch up on this work programme. ThisContinue Reading

Recruitment for Sculthorpe Admin Post Now Closed

The closing date has now passed for this position. Thank you to all who have applied, we are processing applications and will be in touch with those candidates that have been successful in going through to the interview stage.  

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. Pictured here are Carrie Riches (ChairContinue 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

HOT Forum Site Gets New Look for 2014

Better Performance for Tablets & Smartphones It has been just over 11 months since the new HOT Forum went live – where has the time gone? The design of the previous web site was aimed primarily at PC & laptop users and had limited ‘Responsive*’ capabilities. With sales of handheld devices – smartphones & tabletsContinue Reading