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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 (Chair…Continue Reading

Shapwick Moor Work Day 23 Feb – Help ‘build’ our youngest reserve!

Come along at 10am on 23 February and help us finish work on our first ever Observation Hide, ready for its official opening on March 8. This has been our busiest winter ever with lots of ditch work completed, together with new ponds and scrapes, new paths, lots of hedging and the erecting lots of…Continue Reading

Next workday at Shapwick Moor

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be shown, by Simon Beard, our Education Officer, just how much progress been made on the reserve in the last few weeks. Recent works include two scrapes and a pond in front of our main hide and the hole for a small pond near the hide. We now have…Continue Reading

Shapwick Reserve Coming on Leaps and Bounds – Despite the Weather!

In the face of an atrocious weather forecast the work day on our reserve on the Somerset Levels, Shapwick Moor, on 5 January 2014 was postponed until Sunday 25 January 2014. However, in spite of the wet conditions there have still been lots of developments. Simon Beard, our Education and Outreach Officer (Reserve Development manager…Continue Reading

Woodland Trust donate 450 young trees to Somerset Levels Nature reserve

The Hawk and Owl Trust are delighted to announce that our conservation colleagues The Woodland Trust, have very kindly donated 450 young trees to start off the extensive programme of habitat management that we have planned for the newest of our reserves – Shapwick Moor. A work party day has been planned for Sunday 10th…Continue Reading

Apprenticeship Positions Available at Avalon Marshes

        Avalon Marshes Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship x 2 (Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership) Full-time 37.5 hours per week Starting salary: £148 per week (for the first 12 months, increasing thereafter in line with the National Minimum Wage) Passionate about nature? Want to kick-start a career in environmental conservation? The Somerset Wildlife Trust is…Continue Reading

Works Starts on Our Newest Reserve – Shapwick Moor

Shapwick Moor is not as quiet and peaceful as we generally know it, as, during the last few weeks, large lorries and diggers have occupied the main drove, resurfacing it with stone and constructing our new (much needed!) visitors car park. Although H&OT received planning permission for the works last Christmas, extremely wet winter conditions,…Continue Reading

Planning Permission Secured for New Avalon Marshes Centre

The plans for a new Avalon Marshes Centre, to replace the existing facilities on the land adjoining the former Peat Moors Centre off Shapwick Road, Westhay, near Glastonbury, have recently been approved by Mendip District Council. Now the focus turns to raising the funding to enable the vision to become a reality. The planning application…Continue Reading