November 29, 2016
Local wildlife expert to give Burnham-On-Sea talk on Steart wildlife

The Steart Marshes near Burnham-On-Sea are set to be the focus of a unique illustrated talk by a local wildlife expert next week.

Alys Laver, who is the local Wildlife and Wetlands Reserve Manager, will discuss the Steart Marshes, the new WWT nature reserve at Steart Point, near Burnham.

The talk will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road on Wednesday December 7th at 7.30pm with entry £2.50.

"Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coast, so the Wildlife and Wetlands Trist and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves," said a spokesman.

"Hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands buffer homes and businesses from rising sea levels, and provide habitat for a rich mix of wetland wildlife including otters, egrets, owls waders and wildfowl."

"As well as being a natural buffer, providing protection to the newly created flood banks, the saltmarsh is farmed for specialist saltmarsh lamb and beef, its creeks are a nursery for the fry of important fish stocks, and it is absorbing tonnes of climate-polluting carbon as it matures."

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