Steart Marshes  -  Tim McGrath,  Head of Working Wetland Landscapes at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coasts, so WWT and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes, near Bridgwater – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves.

Hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands buffer homes and businesses from rising sea levels, and provide habitat for a rich mix of wetland wildlife including otters, egrets, owls, waders and wildfowl.  Steart Marshes is the first of WWT’s Working Wetlands – places that demonstrate how wetlands can be productive and useful.  As well as being a natural buffer, providing protection to the newly created flood banks, the saltmarsh is farmed for specialist saltmarsh lamb and beef, its creeks are a nursery for the fry of important fish stocks and it is absorbing tonnes of climate-polluting carbon as it matures.

 

The BOS conducted a survey of Yellowhammers in the first 2 weeks of July 2018 to determine their population abundance, distribution and breeding status. All members and the general public were invited to participate. Read more ...

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