Gwent Levels and Coast - Magor Marsh - Gabi Horup
Home to a large concentration of wetland species... of national significance for its wildlife and archaeology.
One of the largest surviving areas of ancient grazing marshes and reen (drainage ditch) systems in Britain, the Gwent Levels is of national significance for its wildlife and archaeology.
An extensive area of farmed wetland, the Gwent Levels are home to a large concentration of wetland species. Particularly important are the water beetles and dragonflies found in the reens. The Levels are also very important for a wide range of declining farmland birds, and important mammal species such as brown hare, otter and water vole. The whole area is designated under a series of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Many of these species require a variety of farming practices across the area, and would benefit from the introduction of practices tailored to their needs. The Living Levels project aims to deliver action for these Biodiversity Action Plan priority species by providing advice and support to local farmers who are responsible for the survival of these species.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
• Improving landscape connectivity by promoting better land management and creating and restoring wetland habitats
• Developing an opportunity map for the area
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Agricultural intensification, drainage, development
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife to adapt to climate change, improving water quality, reducing flood risk, providing habitat for pollinating insects, providing skills training and environmental education.
Countryside Council for Wales, RSPB, Local Authorities, local landowners.