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

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Artist Tim Wootton Wins the Roger Clarke Award with “Glorious”

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Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Opportunity with The Somerset Wildlife Trust

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