Category Archives: N Somerset & Bristol Group

North Somerset and Bristol Group at the North Somerset Agricultural Society Countryside Day

Chris Sperring with some of the children.
Chris Sperring with some of the children.

On Wednesday 8th July, the North Somerset and Bristol Group were part of the Countryside Day organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society.

Approximately 2,600 primary school children from Bristol and North Somerset attended the day and learned about different aspects of the journey their food takes from plough to plate. Pupils met a variety of animals in the ‘farmyard’, watched working demonstrations of mowing, baling, combining, milling, milking, butter making and eggs hatching. They were shown sides of meat, different varieties of vegetables and learned about the many uses of wool.

An area was provided to give an idea of the huge range of traditional rural crafts which are still being practised to varying degrees today. These included felt making, dry stone walling, iron working, stick making and many others. The Hawk and Owl Trust was represented in this section with Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the South West Chris Sperring. Chris talked about owls and wildlife and dissected owl pellets with the children.

Check Out the Hawk and Owl Trusts Events Listings for Autumn/Winter

Across the Hawk and Owl Trust we have an exciting range or walks, talks and exhibitions taking place throughout the autumn and winter of 2015/2016.   From Sculthorpe Moor, to Shapwick Moor and across several of our national groups, we have a packed calendar of events to keep you busy through the coming months.  Please… Continue Reading

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

Yet again we were lucky with the weather for our walk through the reserves belonging to Backwell Environment Trust. The reserves were looking lovely and the sharp eyed amongst the group spotted a corncockle flower, a first for the reserve, and a Spotted Flycatcher and its nest in the top of a broken off tree.… Continue Reading

Shapwick Moor becomes a Penal Colony – for a day!

On Tuesday  3rd  June,60 pupils from nearby St Benedict’s School in Glastonbury visited Shapwick Moor as part of their literacy studies.  They have been studying the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar in which pupils are made to dig holes to atone for their past poor behaviour.  The accompanying school staff took on the  role as… Continue Reading

Donation of New Visitors’ Seat for Shapwick Moor from North Somerset Group

The North Somerset Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust has financed a new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor The seat will be in memory of former Chairman Barbara Handley who was actively involved with the group until her sad death last year, and it will be positioned to look out over some of… Continue Reading

Busy times at Shapwick Moor Continue

Following the successful tree planting in March by the Family Group, the ‘oldies’ took on the challenge of completing our half kilometre of new hedging in 2014. The extra hedging will act as a screen between visitors to our major hide and birds visiting the ponds and scrapes excavated in the autumn. The enthusiasm of… Continue Reading

Visit our Stand At the Chew Valley Optics and Bird Fair – 11/12 April 2014

This event takes place on the lawns outside of the London Camera Exchange Lakeside Optics shop, next door to Chew Valley Lake tea shop, giving visitors the chance to view, get expert advice and buy, while testing out the equipment against this spectacular backdrop. There is also the opportunity to trade in old equipment in… Continue Reading

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 (Chair… Continue 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 have… Continue 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 manager… Continue Reading