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, followed by the Spring/Summer nesting season, have delayed construction until the end of August. The reward for this delay has been a fortnight of perfectly dry weather benefitting our contractors, MP & KM Goldings Ltd, a local road construction company from Cheddar. We needed more than 1400 tonnes of crushed stone to resurface around a km of access droves and lay the new car park, and the stone was provided at a very beneficial rate by Wainwright & Co Ltd, at Moons Hill Quarry in the Mendips. The Trust are already well known to Wainwrights, as part of our Peregrine monitoring programme, protecting the resident pair at Moons Hill Quarry.
This is such good new for the reserve, which has been challenged by poor access. Simon Beard, our Education Officer and our team of Volunteers are particularly pleased, as they will be able to drive to the tool store container rather than a long walk!
Weather conditions allowing, the car park, complete with a new safe access from the public road, will be completed by the end of September, so members, adopters families and friends can see it, and use the new access routes at the Members Weekend 19/20 October. We look forward to meeting you then.