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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Somerset Crafts is Open!

After extensive refurbishment Somerset Crafts has re-opened at the Avalon Marshes Centre. Come and see the arts and crafts of the Avalon Marshes

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Spring Exploring

Spring is almost here, the days are longer and the trees are budding. Why not dust off your walking boots, pick up one of our walks leaflets and explore the Avalon Marshes and adjoining “hills”?

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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


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

Young Wardens: WWT Steart Marshes – 28th April

Discover the Science of Steart on a trip out with staff from the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust helping to survey for invertebrates on the mudflats of Steart Marshes. You will learn about this unique flood mitigation scheme that harnesses natural… Read more…

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Dawn Chorus Walk – 6 May

Join us on International Dawn Chorus Day to listen to the incredible sounds of the song birds at Ham Wall in all of their spring glory.  If we are lucky we may get a glimpse of a cuckoo or hear… Read more…

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Walk and Sketch – 6 May

Join local artists Jackie Curtis and Becky Hughes for a walk and sketch through RSPB Ham Wall as part of Somerset Festival of Nature. Learn how to capture the drama and spirit of this evocative landscape and the wildlife that… Read more…

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Keeping in Touch

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