Category Archives: Shapwick News

Shapwick News Update – October 2015

Our final walk of the summer on Kenn Sea Wall was enjoyed by a select few! As last year it was a pleasant, still evening, though with slightly fewer birds to see. We are grateful to Trevor Riddle for his informative guidance.

Monday, 21st October sees the start of the winter talks programme. Our Conservation Officer, Chris Sperring MBE, will be talking about ‘People and Wildlife’ – how change and conservation can be effected by local people at grass roots level. 7.45pm at The Star at Tickenham.  Full details of this event can be found on our events page, to visit it please Click Here

News from Shapwick Reserve from Simon Beard

Volunteers have been busy on the reserve, burning last year’s brash before the ground gets too wet. Many hands have made light work of the considerable heaps! Unfortunately the trees ordered for October will not be ready until early November. We hope that they can be planted on the same day as the new hedge on Saturday, 28th November. On Saturday October 17th we are holding our annual review meeting for Shapwick Moor.  As last year, we will initially meet at the reserve car park at 2pm for a walk around the reserve to look at what we have achieved and consider ideas for future plans. We will then retire to the Avalon Marshes Centre for tea and cakes (3.30pm approx. for those of you who cannot make the walk) and an open meeting about ideas for the future. We urgently need to look at ways to start raising funds, ways to maintain & develop regular species’ monitoring, developing photographic records of the reserve and looking at ways we can raise the overall profile of the Hawk & Owl Trust locally – hence all ideas would be very welcome. It would be lovely to see as many of you on that day particularly that small army of ‘unseen volunteers’ who photograph things, monitor species and produce publicity quietly on their own. In order we have sufficient cake to go round, it would be useful if you would let me know if you are likely to attend (we will have some spare cake for anyone who decides to attend at the last minute!)

The next work day is Saturday, 31st October, please contact Barry or Simon for more details.  Both the hides need their annual coat of wood preservative and the areas around the hides need landscaping. This is a chance to wield paint brushes, no previous artistic skills needed, old clothes recommended!

If you are inspired to volunteer, please contact Barry by Clicking Here, or Simon by Clicking Here To call them, please do so on this number: 01300 320008


Our volunteers at Shapwick having a laugh together whilst on a break!
Our volunteers at Shapwick having a laugh together whilst on a break!

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

A beautiful new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor – in memory of much missed Hilary Lapham

The ever-active volunteer group at Shapwick Moor spent a wonderful day erecting another seat at Shapwick Moor recently.  Sadly Hilary Lapham, a long-standing member of the Shapwick volunteer group, passed away in January and her husband, Keith (another long term volunteer) donated the seat as a lasting memory of Hilary.  Hilary actively supported the public… 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

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Lend Their Support to 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… 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