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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

Shapwick Moor on the Somerset Levels, Celebrates as They Take Delivery of Their New All Terrain Gator

Shapwick Moor takes delivery of its New Gator Towards the end of November we were very excited to take delivery of our very own All Terrain John Deere Gator. Alan and Sylvia Williams, two incredibly generous Hawk and Owl Trust members from Derbyshire donated funds for us to purchase this much needed item after meeting… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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