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Simon Beard provides a Summer update from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Shapwick Reserve

The wet weather this year has set timings back by about two weeks. Wildflowers on the Shapwick Reserve are behind meaning a knock-on effect for some of the important June conservation tasks:

-Hay cutting won’t happen until the end of this week. Around mid-July instead of the end of June

-Yellow Rattle seed is being collected this week. Normally this is collected at the end of June 

With Covid restrictions in place, the helping hands from a local school have been unable to help carry our essential tasks at Shapwick. This week the reserve welcomed back two groups from the school, we are hopefully that these groups can commence their weekly voluntary duties.

This week volunteers have collected Yellow Rattle seed

Essential maintenance at Shapwick has included the filling in on potholes! Visitors using the reserve’s car park will be happy to know that the lumps and bumps will prove less of a challenge when parking!

New for 2021- Cattle Egrets have been spotted with the cattle in the warmer months. Noted in the cooler months, it’s a first for us to see this species at this time of year at Shapwick.

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