At the heart of Somerset’s Levels and Moors, lies a beautiful area called the “Avalon Marshes”. The Avalon Marshes is a vibrant, working Landscape, celebrated for its rich Wildlife, Heritage and culture, valued and enjoyed by all.
Rich meadows, small woods, reed-beds, lakes, pools, scattered villages and isolated houses all contribute to to the evocative character of our Landscape. On a map it is criss-crossed in blue as a result of the myriad ditches, rhynes and waterways that have been dug to re-claim the land through the ages. At its heart lies the mystical Isle of Avalon with Glastonbury Tor standing sentinel.
The Avalon Marshes is not only one of the finest remaining lowland wetlands left in Britain but is internationally important. Throughout the year the visitor may see Marsh Harriers, Bitterns and Great White Egrets; in spring the reedbeds come alive with the cacophony of bird song and in winter the star attractions are the massive murmurations of Starlings and flocks of wildfowl. Find out more about this Wonderful Wetland Wildlife.
This area of the Somerset’s Levels and Moors has been constantly exploited, altered and managed by humans over the last 10,000 years leaving behind a uniquely rich archaeological Heritage, including prehistoric track-ways and lake villages, miraculously preserved in the waterlogged peat .
Sought out as a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and for their unparalleled access to wildlife, the Nature Reserves can be accessed by numerous paths, trails and hides. Throughout the wider area a network of footpaths, droves, lanes and cycleways gives good access whether on foot, bike or in the car.