Life at a new wetland: winter birds at WWT Steart Marshes


A guided field visit to WWT Steart Marshes, relating this coastal wetland’s creation and management to winter birds onsite. Looking at the (re)establishment of hundreds of hectares of saline, brackish and freshwater habitats across what was previously farmland. An event organised by the South West England Section Committee.


Speaker: Alys Laver, WWT Site Manager

Winter birds attract our focus as we reflect on the ecological results of the ambitious flood protection project behind the WWT Steart Marshes reserve. Golden Plover, Teal, Shelduck, raptors and more – bring your binoculars!

One of the UK’s newest wetlands - work started on the site in 2010 with the main seawall breach in September 2014. Set up as a compensation site for loss of internationally important intertidal habitats elsewhere on the Severn Estuary, in the context of managed coastal realignment by the EA to protect communities from rising sea-levels due to climate change.

Alys Laver, the Site Manager, will introduce how the place was made, how the landscape is still developing, and how they manage the freshwater, brackish and saltwater habitats. We will then walk the reserve to discover the winter birds onsite.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No prior experience with coastal protection or wetland creation/management is assumed, and the site manager will provide an introduction to the site’s establishment and development. A knowledge of wetland ecological processes and habitat management techniques will be useful. Bird ID skills not required.


Tea/Coffee will be provided.


This event is open to both CIEEM members and non members at a cost of £4.50 per person.  All tickets are payable at the event, however, as space is limited, advance booking is required. Please register your space below.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 Pay on Door
Non Member Ticket 1 Pay on Door