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Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Brue Valley Living Landscape project is working to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife habitats across this valuable area of wetland. The Brue Valley is also known as the Avalon Marshes and is part of the Levels and Moors.
We need to do this because the habitat our wildlife depends on has become fragmented leaving stranded pockets of wildlife vulnerable to changing conditions, such as rising or falling water levels.
The beautiful wetlands of the Brue Valley are rich with wildlife including threatened otters, lapwings and striking pink southern marsh orchids. If we don’t link up these islands of habitat and create highways our wildlife can move around we risk losing some of our most valuable species.
We will work towards a landscape where wildlife can flourish alongside thriving rural communities that benefit from a healthy natural environment. Our Flowering for Life Project, for example, is targeting direct benefits for plants and pollinators.
The Trust’s Living Landscape programme is all about creating a network of wildlife rich countryside so wildlife can move through the landscape increasing the chances of survival in a changing environment. It is important that we work with farmers and local people to achieve this. We want to see a landscape where everyone benefits from a wildlife rich environment.
Between 2008 and 2013 SWT’s work in Brue Valley Living Landscape was supported by the European Union Wave project. We used the results of research and stakeholder engagement carried out through Wave to create a Vision for the future of Brue Valley Living Landscape.
Somerset Wildlife Trust’s work with landowners in Brue Valley Living Landscape is currently supported by funding from the value of WOrking Wetlands (WOW) project, part of the European Union INTERREG Channel programme (see here for more information)’
You can read View from the Brue - our landowner newsletter - to be informed about recent activity and plans for the future or discover how local landowners are benefitting from a Living Landscape in the Brue Valley.
Find out how you can help protect wildlife as part of this local project
See the results of these surveys, with information about how the survey was set-up, the results and some conclusions: