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Rising sea levels are predicted to completely flood thousands of hectares of saltmarsh and mudflats over the next 50 years. Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coast, so WWT and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. These habitats are important feeding places for many birds and fish. They are also a natural buffer against the sea, which protects us against the worst storms and tides. At many places along the coast there is no choice but to build higher defences to protect homes and businesses. But at some places, such as Steart Marshes, it is possible to realign the coastline allowing new saltmarsh to form. These newly created saltmarshes go some way to replacing those lost to the sea. They’re a cheaper and more sustainable way to protect against flooding into the future and they create much needed space for wildlife.

The marshes lie between the mouth of the River Parrett and the Bristol Channel on the Somerset coast. This position attracts migrating birds and has some of the biggest tidal forces in the world, creating an ever changing experience.

For more information please visit the WWT website.


  • Parking on-site
  • Disabled access
  • Picnic area
  • Family friendly
  • Free entry
  • Biodiversity diversity
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open all year


Address WWT Steart Marshes, Stert Drove, Bridgwater, UK