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Wetlands | Somerset Levels

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At the heart of Somerset, lies a beautiful area called the 'Levels and Moors' which has international status as one of the most important wetlands of its type in the world.

This unique landscape is one of the lowest, flattest areas in the country. In ancient times it was known as the summerlands... because it was too wet to use in the winter... and it is thought this is where the county of Somerset got its name.


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The British Isles was once a wet, marshy place. Despite the loss of many natural wetlands, they are still amazing places to enjoy the natural world.

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Our wetlands offer great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to boat trips.


Somerset Levels - Visitor Guide

Address:Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre, Coates Willows and Wetlands Meare Green Court, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton.
Postcode:TA3 6HY
Telephone:01823 490249
Key attractions: Wildlife watching wading birds, butterflies, amphibian life, freshwater fish. Pond dipping.
Essential kit:Waterproof clothes and footwear, binoculars.
Nature watching:Best season: late spring, early summer. March-April is the best time to see the Herons.
Access:Largely wheelchair accessible.
Getting there:Excellent road access. Swell Wood (Herons) is located 10 miles east of Taunton. Ham Wall Nature Reserve is four miles west of Glastonbury.
Opening times:All year round.
Charges:Free parking, shop, toilets, partial disabled access, walks.
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