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Steart Marshes Intertidal Sweep

Thanks to all those that were able to take part in the sweep through Steart Marshes last Sunday.  We came across some interesting wildlife including roe deer, hare and field voles.  It was a unique opportunity to see the reserve close up the banks were finally breached.  Do take a look if you haven’t seen the reserve since last weekend – it’s looking impressive as the water levels rise.

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Intertidal Wildlife Sweep Sunday 7th September

Steart Marshes Project – Breach of the River Parrett

As you are all aware the breach is fast approaching and in preparation  for the incoming tide we need to sweep the entire intertidal area, working from North to South. This is to ensure we flush out as many animals as we can before the sea spills up over the main creek into the surrounding fields.

We are hoping to do the sweep with as many local residents that are keen to get involved. Continue reading Intertidal Wildlife Sweep Sunday 7th September

Theft at Steart reserve!

The compound on Stert Drove was broken into overnight on 31st July and some valuable equipment including an “Ifor Williams” trailer and a number of WWT branded jackets.

Please be vigilant as you travel around the local area, and phone the Police if you see anything suspicious.

 

 

 

WWT Steart Marshes – main car park

A message from Tim McGrath (WWT Habitat Creation and Demonstration Site Project Manager)…

Just to let you know that from this afternoon the main car park on Stert Drove is now open. Over the weekend the first set of gates will remain unlocked permitting car access though the height barrier will remain secured in place. The car park entrance sign has now been unveiled, and by tonight the highway parking signs opposite the main car park and at the start of Stert Drove in Otterhampton will be readable. This opening is designed to be low key and will provide local visitors a chance to use the new parking facilities and explore the south eastern part of the reserve from this end of the site.

However we have decided to keep the toilet block shut until at least next week as there are still minor works to complete before it can be opened to the public.

Many thanks for your patience and ongoing support.

Tim

Community orchard

On Monday some brave souls ventured out to help plant our community orchard at the compound on Stert Drove.

In the drizzling rain and ankle deep mud we planted 24 apple trees, all native varieties from the area: Ashmeads Kernel (dessert), Tom Putt (dessert/cider/cooker), Dabinett (cider), Kingston Black (cider), Dunkertons Late Sweet (cider), Old Somerset Russet (dessert).

Thanks to Alys and Paul of WWT for inviting us along.

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