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Somerset - an international destination

Somerset's wildlife and wild places are among the biggest reasons tourists flock to our beautiful county. But many people don't realise that Somerset's appeal isn't limited to people - the huge diversity of species in our living landscapes are boosted by wildlife visitors from other parts of the UK, Europe and further afield.

Our nature reserves on the Levels and Moors are a perfect illustration of wildlife tourism, thanks to their fascinating but often fragile bird populations. As well as being home to 'staycationer' species who enjoy life on our nature reserves all year round, places like Westhay and Catcott are international destinations for 'jetsetters' who stop over en route, on long haul flights, or 'honeymooning couples', like the barn owl couple in our live web cam nest box, who stay for a breeding season.

But, just as Somerset struggles to rebuild its tourist industry after last winter's devastating floods, wildlife needs your help to ensure that, whether species make their home here, or are just visiting, a warm welcome awaits.

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