Shapwick Heath, Somerset
Natural England wanted to continue its work to make its sites in Somerset more accessible for everyone.
A2 tactile panels with Braille and lettering were commissioned together with audio information and copper tiles made by local school children in a workshop with coppersmith, Richard Taylor. All this information was designed to illustrate the many birds, wild flowers and insects that are found around the reedbeds at Shapwick Heath.
The four A2 tactile panels, erected in May 2008, are made in etched zinc with a full colour illustations. They are very resistant to damage and weather. The panels were designed by Matthew Lloyd of Think Graphic of Ludlow and produced by Photocast Products of Liverpool. Chatterboxes were used for the audio, which includes the sound of the frogs and birds that are in the reed beds.
Braille titles, information and the name of each illustration on the panel have also been incorporated to make it accessible by people who are visually impaired.