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Wetlands| Shapwick

Shapwick (Image: Reed Bunting c/o English Nature)

Shapwick Nature Reserve lies in the heart of the Somerset Levels and its landscape is dominated by water.

Every inch of this low lying habitat is classed as wetland, whether it is wet woodland, wet grassland or open water.

Minsmere (Image: Ian Barthorpe)


Minsmere is a nature reserve comprising a variety of habitats including woodlands, marshes, heath and beach.

Woolston Eyes (Image: Grebes c/o English Nature)

Woolston Eyes

  • Known locally as 'The Eyes', these are a small series of islands and reed beds that have become a man-made haven for wildlife.

"Wetlands are an absolute must for any self-respecting lover of nature.


"Sadly we've lost a huge number of our wetlands but it's not all doom and gloom because these days we've got some fantastic restored wetlands - places where human effort has brought the wildlife truly alive".

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