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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The Big Three

Female Marsh Harrier in flight

The Avalon Marshes is famous for its winter starling murmurations, but in spring and summer look out for our largest resident birds: Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret – our ‘Big Three’ – regularly seen on our reserves they cannot fail to impress!

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Explore

Cyclists and Glastonbury Tor

Nature Reserves, fascinating heritage, Glastonbury Tor, museums, attractive villages, footpaths, cycle routes, kids’ stuff and lots more. Come and explore Somerset’s Avalon Marshes.

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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

Kingfisher

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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Upcoming Events

Newt on log

RSPB Summer Holiday Club Reptile & Amphibian Walk – 24 August

Do you know our native reptiles and amphibians?  Come along and learn more about the fascinating lives of these often misunderstood creatures, with a rare chance to get up close and personal with some of them. Adults £6/RSPB adult member… Read more…

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Bank Holiday Family Fun Day – 28th August

This Bank holiday unleash your love for wildlife and join in with our family activities from nature trails to wildlife crafts. Perhaps you would like to go on the search for bugs and examine them closely under a microscope or… Read more…

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RSPB Summer Holiday Club Mini Beast Safari – 29 August

Come on a bug hunt to find out what is lurking in the undergrowth and explore the hidden world of everything that crawls, slithers and buzzes.  Butterflies, beetles, worms and snails – who knows what we will find? Non RSPB… Read more…

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Keeping in Touch

If you would like to keep in touch with what is happening in the Avalon Marshes why not sign up for our enewsletter “Messages from the Marshes”, “like us” on Facebook or follow us on Twitter?

 

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