Category Archives: Shapwick News

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Lend Their Support to Shapwick Moor


Trustee Phil Holms spreading seed at Shapwick Moor

The recently established margins will provide valuable areas for bumblebees (including the nationally scarce Shrill Carder bee which was recorded in the area for the first time in a decade in a field on the border of our reserve last year)to forage and locate nectar sources together with providing cover for small mammals to feed our resident owls and kestrels.  The margins will be cut on a two year cycle to ensure that in winter time there is a good area of cover for small mammals to thrive.


Phil Holms (Trustee) with Alison Fox (Volunteer)

To ensure maximum germination of our precious seeds, the seed bed was prepared by local; contractor  John Porter early in the morning, the seeds were then spread by trustee HOT Phil Holms and other staff & volunteers later in the  day. 

The area was then rolled by Mr Porter on the same evening. We now have to wait to see the results later in the summer!

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 ofContinue Reading

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

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 ofContinue 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

A Year at Shapwick by Simon Beard

What a Year It’s Been! It seems so much longer than a year ago that my contract with Natural England was due to come to an end and Phil Holms asked if I would consider moving to the Hawk and Owl Trust for three days each week. Having worked on the Avalon Marshes with 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