Category Archives: Regional Trust News

Avalon Marshes Unveils its Brand New Tower Hide

 This news post has been provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust North Somerset and Bristol Local Group

“Back in December 2015 there was a successful crowd funding appeal to fund this lovely new hide that overlooks the Avalon Marshes on the Somerset Levels.  As Natural England is one of our key partners in the Avalon Marshes Partnership, and has been so supportive of our work on our reserve at Shapwick Moor, our group felt we would like to make a donation to this significant project.  This stunning new hide gives an elevated view over the reed beds and scrape, and the slightly raised lower platform is fully accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs.  

It was officially opened on 28 April 2016 by Dr Andy Clements, Director of the BTO and a Natural England board member.  Special thanks went out to Michael Sheppard for his beautiful design and to many local companies who helped with the build, particularly ISA Carpentry.  It must be noted that we were rewarded with views of Black Tailed Godwit, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier and the wonderful booming of a Bittern, what a perfect end to the day.”

Best Wishes,  

Carrie Riches

The Grand Opening of the new Tower Hide at Avalon Marshes
The Grand Opening of the new Tower Hide at Avalon Marshes


The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon
The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon

Great Success for the Hawk and Owl Trusts East Midlands Group

This news post update has been supplied by Simon Dudhill of the East Midlands Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust As reported on 7 November 2015, the Hawk & Owl Trust East Midlands Group successfully secured funding from the Cory Conservation Grant scheme to supply and erect barn owl boxes for farmers and landowners within… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

First egg of 2015 is laid by the Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines

The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later. The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable. Once the entire clutch… Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as… Continue Reading

New post – seasonal peregrine project officer

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point Project Officer We need an enthusiastic, friendly and organised person with a good working knowledge of Peregrines and birds of prey although background information will be given. You must be able to manage a large team of volunteers of all ages and abilities. Full time: 18-week contract from March 16… Continue Reading

Reserve Rangers challenge for the half term holidays

Young people visiting Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve this autumn half term can take part in a fun challenge which involves lots of things to do and look out for on the reserve. Children need to collect their Reserve Rangers card from the visitor centre the first time they visit and bring it with them each time… Continue Reading