The Avalon Marshes

The Avalon Marshes, a magical wetland landscape, lies at the heart of Somerset’s Levels and Moors. It is nationally important for its rich cultural heritage and diversity of wildlife, with Glastonbury Tor, the Isle of Avalon and some of Britain’s best wetland nature reserves.

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Wetland Wildlife

The Avalon Marshes is part of Somerset’s Levels and Moors, one of the largest lowland wetlands in Britain. It is internationally important for wildlife. See murmurations of starlings; listen to booming bitterns; be enchanted by colourful meadows; watch butterflies and dragonflies; and if you are very lucky glimpse otters at play.

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Meare Fish House in the landscape

10,000 Years

Inhabited since the end of the last ice age, the Avalon Marshes has slowly been reclaimed from the sea and bears the evidence of history. Ancient trackways crossed the marshes in the Stone Age; Iron Age dwellers built lake villages; Romans extracted salt; the medieval period saw the influence of Glastonbury Abbey; the industrial revolution brought canals and railways.

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Isle of Avalon

Mystical Glastonbury is reputed to be the ancient Isle of Avalon.  A thriving town it is home to Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor, which looks out over the Avalon Marshes and beyond. Legends abound including King Arthur and his sword Excalibur, and Joseph of Arimethea and the Holy Thorn.

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Kids’ Stuff

Otto looking through reeds

Looking for something a bit different than expensive trips to theme parks?  The Avalon Marshes is a wonderful area to bring the children and let them enjoy nature and heritage at its best.

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Autumn Exploring


Misty mornings, clear air and changing colours; lots of activity with migrating birds arriving and leaving. Autumn is a lovely time to explore the Avalon Marshes.   Why not pick up one of our cycle leaflets and explore our wonderful area?

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History and Heritage

Glastonbury lake Village

The Avalon Marshes is a landscape of rich resources, not of coal and iron but of food, peat and water.  These give the marshes their special character and have left a wonderful legacy of history and archaeology.

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Wonderful Wildlife

Female Marsh Harrier in flight

The Avalon Marshes is a very special place to see and enjoy wildlife whatever time of year you visit. There are four National Nature Reserves and lots of other areas teeming with wetland wildlife.

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Tweets liked by Avalon Marshes

Upcoming Events

Beginners Guide to Bird Watching – 20 October

6 and 20 October 10 am – 1 pm  Have you ever wondered which bird is which and want to learn more? Can you tell your bittern from your blackbird, or your marsh harrier from a mallard? If not then… Read more…

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Explore Ebbor – 21st October

A free and fun-packed day to enjoy and discover more about Ebbor Gorge NNRs fascinating geology and archaeological finds. There will be guided walks round the gorge and to visit the Gully Cave dig, environmental activities and games for children,… Read more…

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Spooky Pumpkin Trail at RSPB Ham Wall – 27/28 October 2018

Pumpkin trail at Ham Wall Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 3 pm Follow our Spooky Pumpkin trail at Ham Wall, find the creepy creatures in the reed beds, but beware what’s lurking… Read more…

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