Category Archives: Shapwick News

Shapwick Moor Purchases New Equipment with the Help of Two Generous Donations

“Dear All
Busy times continue at Shapwick Moor, as we have very recently taken delivery  of our very own All Terrain John Deere Gator.  It is with great thanks to two incredibly generous Hawk and Owl Trust members from Derbyshire, who donated the funds for us to purchase this much needed item after meeting with us at the recent AGM at Sculthorpe Moor.  This vehicle will be a major landmark for the reserve and, as you know, it will be in use on a daily basis on the reserve.  Phil Holms & I have been busy moving tools and equipment around to enable to store it and it fits … just!!  Eventually it will ‘live’ in our new building which will hopefully be started on next year.
The new image library is almost ready for people to lodge pictures in for us to use.  Expect numerous requests from me for any old picture of the reserve in its early days in the near future.
We have a school group coming up from Dorset on Saturday to help us burn the brash removed from the ditch edge – any extra pairs of hands welcome !  Why not come along and get an early glimpse of the Gator!
Our final (pre planned) volunteer day of the year is on Saturday November 28th This is going to be a busy day!  We have 11 standard trees to put in (together with the possibility of several extra Oaks).  The Avalon Marshes Young Wardens group are joining us to plant another 100 metres of hedge along Kent Drove and (if they & the ‘adult’ volunteers plant quickly enough) we may finish the afternoon with yet more burning of brash from the ditch – yet another opportunity to get a glimpse of the new Hawk and Owl Trust Gator – hopefully fully branded by then!”
Kind regards,
Simon Beard
Shapwick Moor

Shapwick Moor News Update for 2015 – In Pictures

Shapwick Moor is a 138 acre (55.99 hectare) Hawk and Owl Trust nature reserve, located on the Somerset Levels.  This news update for 2015 uses photos taken at the reserve throughout the year.   As part of the Heritage Lottery Funding that we get, we have to complete a baseline assessment of the current nature conservation value of the… Continue Reading

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Opportunity with The Somerset Wildlife Trust

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Opportunity with The Somerset Wildlife Trust Passionate about nature?  Want to kick-start a career in environmental conservation?  Our conservation colleagues at the Avalon Marshes Centre in Somerset (who work closely with our reserve at Shapwick Moor) currently have a new opening for an Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship.   For a link to the… Continue Reading

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