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

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

Cuckoos and Corncrakes

A lively and entertaining  evening that will literally open your ears to the fascinating world of birdsong, brought to you by well-known Tweet of the Day authors Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss. Between them Radio 4 presenter Brett Westwood and… Read more…

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Young Wardens: Natural England Charcoal Making – 30th May

Join staff from Natural England to help with creating glades for butterflies by carrying out traditional charcoal-making as part of our woodland management. Young Wardens is a group for 12-17 year-old’s wishing to take part in practical conservation activities or… Read more…

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Forest school group

Forest School For All The Family – 1st June

Join us in our idyllic woodland glade to explore the woods, hunt for mini-beasts, join-in nature-inspired crafts and games, build dens and have tea round the campfire. Due to popular demand there will be both morning and afternoon sessions. Charge… 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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