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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Our nature reserves

Misty sunset

We have some amazing places for nature at the Avalon Marshes.  Find out more here, including information about dog walking on the reserves…

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Get on your bike

Cyclists and Tor

A great way to explore our flat lands, and we have circular cycle routes to guide you around our heritage highlights…

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History and Heritage

Glastonbury lake Village

The landscape here is unique with a valuable 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 wildlife whatever time of year you visit…

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Upcoming Events

Big Picnic Family Nature Trail at RSPB Ham Wall from 28th May until 5th June 2022

Join us at RSPB Ham Wall for the Big Picnic! From blooming wildflowers to dazzling dragonflies there’s so much to enjoy in nature at this time of year, and with a long bank holiday weekend on the cards in June… Read more…

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Image credit Ben Andrews

Brilliant Bats Guided Walk at RSPB Ham Wall

Your chance to discover the elusive mammals that take to the skies after dark. Led by Somerset Bat Group, you will learn all kinds of fascinating facts about their behaviour, ecology, and what makes bats so special! Use your night… Read more…

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Little Egret coming into land. (C) John Crispin

Shapwick Heath Spring Wildlife Walk – Sun 29th May

Join Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to look for Bitterns, Hobbies and Marsh Harriers, and listen out for singing warblers on this Spring wildlife walk.

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