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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Starling Murmurations

All the information you need to see the starling murmurations this winter…

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Tweets liked by Avalon Marshes


Upcoming Events

Robin Robin Family Trail at Ham Wall Nature Reserve From 3rd December 2022 until 8th January 2023

Celebrate your inner Robin on a Robin Robin adventure trail at Ham Wall! Aardman’s festive musical tale about a young robin trying to fit in is available to watch on Netflix. Every year, Robin joins her family on a big sneak to find food to survive the… Read more…

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“What’s That Garden Bird” Family Nature Trail at Ham Wall Nature Reserve From 14th January 2023 until 31st January 2023

Learn to tell your house sparrow from your dunnock! Join us on an exciting adventure around RSPB Ham Wall as we see how many different garden birds we can spot, whilst learning more about their different behaviours. This is a fun, family activity designed to give you knowledge on… Read more…

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Bird watching for Beginners – Guided Walk at Ham Wall Nature Reserve on 22nd January 2023

Learn to tell your great tits from your coal tits and your dunnocks from your house sparrows. Join us on a walk around RSPB Ham Wall as we see how many different birds we can spot, whilst learning more about their different behaviours. A fun event designed to arm… Read more…

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