British Wildlife 28.3 February 2017

Reserve Focus: WWT Steart Marshes, Somerset

Creating and managing habitats is no easy task, yet the environmental benefits of wetlands and marshes are far-reaching. Andrew Branson explores the Steart Marshes and its wildlife.

Somerset is a big county with many quiet corners. I like to think of it as a giant bowl encircled by a rim of hills – the Mendips in the east, the Quantocks and Exmoor in the west, and the Polden and Blackdown Hills to the south. The Somerset Levels with their famous wetlands form the basin, and the outflow from this is where the River Parrett spills out into Bridgwater Bay. 


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