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What We Do at Shapwick

Conservation at Shapwick Moor

Shapwick Group planting a willow hedge
Shapwick Group planting a willow hedge

Shapwick Moor, which has been used to grow a variety of arable crops in recent years, is being restored to flower-rich, semi-natural grassland through Natural England’s Environmental Stewardship Scheme.

One field is being restored to fen. Rough grass margins along the boundary will encourage owls and other birds of prey and the small mammals they feed on.

Highland Cattle
Bringing grazing back to Shapwick Moor

As well as returning the land to grazing, the Trust plans to:

  • raise the water levels to protect the peat soils, which were being damaged by regular ploughing, and preserve the archaeological features hidden there
  • restore the old hedges and pollarded willows
  • re-profile the ditch banks and edges to make them more suitable for wildlife
  • encourage reedbed to develop along some ditches
  • create wide rough grass margins to encourage small mammals, such as voles – prey for owls and others
  • establish a new permissive path, linking the reserve to nearby villages.