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Extended deadline for the Steart Marshes questionnaire

Dear Otter Tales readers

(Till 15 August): Extended deadline for the Steart Marshes questionnaire! (Online link below)

In the middle of July, each house in Steart, Stockland Bristol, Otterhampton and Combwich received a paper copy of the questionnaire “About You, the Estuary and Steart Marshes”, created by UWE Bristol and Japanese universities.

If a representative from your household (someone aged 15 or older, ideally whose birthday is the closest to 1st January ) has not yet filled in the questionnaire, although he/she is happy to make a contribution, please send in the paper questionnaire (by the 15 August) or use the link below to fill in the online format instead.
Online questionnaire link > sCTsr28ONOcfkbcH3

If your house representative has already sent in the questionnaire, please ignore this email.
Sorry, and a big thank you!

< Further information about the project >
Supported by the Sedgemoor District Council, we are independent researchers from universities in Bristol and Japan who have conducted similar studies in Malaysia and Japan.

We are looking for someone aged 15 or older, ideally whose birthday is the closest to 1st January to complete the survey as a representative of the views of the household.

If you are interested, you can also enter the prize draw with a chance to win a one of three £20 vouchers for the Blackmore Farm Shop or the Croft Farm Family Butchers (which sells saltmarsh lamb from the Steart Marshes). The information you give us will remain anonymous, and the deadline for posting the survey or sending your answer via online link is 15 August 2018.

(online questionnaire link) OcfkbcH3

The research results will be shared in a future Otter Tales and Stockland Gatepost.
Thank you very much in advance!

(Commissioners of the survey)
Dr Mark Everard (University of the West of England); Rob McInness (RM Wetlands & Environment Ltd.); Dr Naoyuki Mikami (Hokkaido University, Japan); Dr Hiromi Yamashita (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan) E-mail:, Tel +81 977 78 1065

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.