Steart is part of the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve (NNR) and comprises 2,564ha located on the north Somerset coast on the south side of the Severn Estuary.
The reserve is part of a larger Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is a Special Protection Area (SPA) and is a Ramsar site, and part of the NNR is a possible Special Area of Conservation (pSAC).
A car park is provided within Steart village and a coastal path leads to a number of hides situated at the mouth of the River Parrett.
tower (pictured here) provides excellent views all round, and an information
panel caters for visitors who come either to birdwatch or walk the Parrett
Trail following the river from mouth to source.
Internationally and nationally important numbers of wintering and passage waders and waterfowl occur, and shelduck also moult within the Bay. Wigeon graze on the saltmarsh. There are ecological links to the adjacent Somerset Levels which provide additional roost and food sites.
areas of cord grass have spread from plantings in the early 1900s. Sea
aster and common reed dominate the upper marsh, while more palatable
grasses with sea couch grass are found on the grazed areas.
There is a path from the car park to the reserve through the woods, which is approximately a mile in length.
There is an interpretative panel in the car park, and also a leaflet dispenser.
Landing on Stert Island itself by boat or visiting it at any time of the year without a permit is not allowed. A permit is available by contacting English Nature.