Somerset Levels IPA

Location: Bounded by Taunton to the south, Glastonbury in the east and Clevedon in the north east.

Grid Reference: ST 422 428

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The Somerset Levels and adjoining moors form the largest area of lowland wet grassland and associated wetland habitat remaining in Britain.

They are of outstanding importance for their rich patchwork of reedbeds, mires and fen meadows and network of 8,000km of rivers and ditches. Covering about 35,000 hectares in the floodplains of the Rivers Axe, Brue, Parrett and Tones, the majority of the area is only a few metres above sea level. It drains via a large network of ditches, rhynes and rivers.

The levels are particularly important for stoneworts, however a variety of wetland wildflowers can also be found in the area, including carnivorous sundews, bright yellow irises and vivid pink tufts of meadow thistle.

The M5 between Bristol and Bridgwater runs through the area.

Image: Somerset Levels © Paul Glendell, Natural England

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