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2015 AGM

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

Steart Marshes bird hide Steart Marshes bird hide

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Otterhampton Village Hall, Combwich

This year's AGM was a great success with a good attendance from CPRE Somerset members. 

Our Chairman, Chris Lewis, gave an overview of the last year and Graeme Willis, CPRE's Senior Rural Policy Campaigner, gave an update on national successes and priorities, followed by a lively discussion.

Alys Laver, Acting Site Manager for Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) gave a fascinating presentation on the creation of a new wetland at Steart Marshes, followed by a guided walk around the reserve.

Steart Marshes is quickly being colonised by saltmarsh plants having been reclaimed from the sea less than two years ago.  Hundreds of hectares of new saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands have been created which will become wonderful wildlife habitat, productive land grazed in partnership with local farmers, a fantastic resource for visitors to enjoy nature - and an effective defence against local flooding.  The facilities are top class with a great network of paths and the most luxurious bird hides we have ever come across! The sun shone warmly for us on our walk and everyone had a really interesting visit.

 

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Somerset patchwork landscape