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Brue Valley Living Landscape

Brue Valley Living Landscape is part of the Somerset Levels – a low-lying region of north and central Somerset bisected by limestone ridges and hills. The Living Landscape covers almost 12,500 hectares of the floodplain of the River Brue between Glastonbury in the east and the M5 motorway in the west. The Brue itself is one of a number of rivers that feed the wetlands of the Levels.

Somerset Wildlife Trust has a long history of working on the Levels and, for the last seven years – with the support of our members, volunteers and European funding – we have worked on a number of partnership projects to create a Living Landscape in the Brue Valley.

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The Wildlife of Brue Valley Living Landscape

Wildlife abounds here. Internationally important communities of wintering ducks such as teal and pintail flock to the wetlands from all over northern Europe. Wading birds like snipe and redshank breed in the grassland, while aquatic mammals such as otters and water voles, along with rare plants and insects thrive in the wetlands and the intricate network of channels and ditches. Traditional hay meadows are alive with wildflowers in early summer. Views of Glastonbury Tor and the limestone ridges to the north and south give the landscape a distinctive and timeless feel.

Our work in Brue Valley Living Landscape is supported by the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.