Steart Marshes

Welcome to WWT Steart Marshes - a wild, wetland landscape for the future that helps people and wildlife adapt to climate change.

Steart Marshes is the first of WWT's working wetlands. It provides flood defence for local homes and businesses, showcases productive farmland and is home to a thriving nature reserve. The project proves we can fight climate change by working with nature.

Magic of the marshes

Let Site Manager, Alys talk you through the wonders of Steart and its special visitors. By acutely managing water levels throughout the year, we make sure that the mud is full of invertebrate life for all kinds of birds to feed upon. Wetlands really can support amazing wildlife. Create it and they will come!

Why are places like Steart important?

Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coast, so WWT and the Environment Agency created Steart Marshes – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. Hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands buffer homes and businesses from rising sea levels, and provide habitat for wetland wildlife including otters, owls and waders.

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