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Shapwick Moor Receives Saplings From Garden Centre

THE Hawk and Owl Trust’s 55 hectare nature reserve, near Glastonbury, has this spring (2014) been presented with 50 young trees thanks to a Somerset Garden Centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre donated the saplings to the Trust for use on it’s Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve near Glastonbury. Philip Holms, Somerset Trustee for theContinue Reading

Hawk & Owl Trust Open New Hide On The Moor

Members and friends of the Hawk & Owl Trust from all over the country gathered at Shapwick Moor last weekend to celebrate the opening of the first bird observation hide on Shapwick Moor, the Hawk & Owl Trust’s newest nature reserve, managed for its wildlife as part of the Avalon Marshes area and the TrustContinue Reading

Winter Flooding Delays Ditch Clearing Work at Shapwick Moor

The wet winter has not affected the fields of Shapwick Moor as much as the land further south on the Somerset Levels, but the continual rain has reduced the amount of work carried out by youth groups on the reserve in late winter. We are desperately trying to catch up on this work programme. ThisContinue Reading

Visit our Stand At the Chew Valley Optics and Bird Fair – 11/12 April 2014

This event takes place on the lawns outside of the London Camera Exchange Lakeside Optics shop, next door to Chew Valley Lake tea shop, giving visitors the chance to view, get expert advice and buy, while testing out the equipment against this spectacular backdrop. There is also the opportunity to trade in old equipment inContinue Reading

Recruitment for Sculthorpe Admin Post Now Closed

The closing date has now passed for this position. Thank you to all who have applied, we are processing applications and will be in touch with those candidates that have been successful in going through to the interview stage.  

Marsh Harriers Strike Out Across Europe

Marsh Harrier Sightings News Hawk and Owl Trust’s own Phil Littler with John Middleton (members of the North West Norfolk Ringing Group) writing in the BTO Bird Ringing Demog Blog say: “On 5th February 2014, the first live British-ringed Marsh Harrier was sighted in Spain by Javier Elorriaga, along with Yeray Seminario, Juan Martin and Ramon Navarro.Continue Reading

A Year at Shapwick by Simon Beard

What a Year It’s Been! It seems so much longer than a year ago that my contract with Natural England was due to come to an end and Phil Holms asked if I would consider moving to the Hawk and Owl Trust for three days each week. Having worked on the Avalon Marshes with theContinue Reading

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 (ChairContinue 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 ofContinue 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 haveContinue Reading