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

Former Chairman of Hawk and Owl Trust, the late Barbara Handley

Former Chairman of Hawk and Owl Trust, the late Barbara Handley

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 the finest areas of the reserve.

Volunteers will be erecting the seat on the reserve on Sunday 27 April 2014 – although this sounds an easy task, it is not as easy as it sounds. Any offers of help on this day would be appreciated,

Email simon.beard@hawkandowl.org if you would like to help out!

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

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

Out of the Ashes of the Fylingdales Fire – Five Days That Shook the Moor

The five days from 17 – 21 September 2003 saw a huge fire devastate part of Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors, stretching from the A171, where it is believed to have started due to a discarded cigarette, to near the coast at Ravenscar. In total 2.4 square kilometres of moorland and fragile peatContinue Reading

South Gloucester Group Attends International Centre for Birds of Prey Event

The ICBP Falconry Weekend 31st Aug/1st Sept 2013 The South Gloucestershire Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust was pleased to attend for the 3rd year running the Falconry Weekend at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent, Gloucestershire. The Centre is run by Hawk and Owl Trust trustee Jemima Parry-Jones and isContinue 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 groupContinue Reading