The Gwent Levels have been saved!
Why we love the Gwent Levels
This swathe of coastal wetland borders the Severn Estuary and is vital for nature, with areas protected both nationally and internationally. All would have either been ruined or badly damaged if the new motorway had gone ahead.
The 900 miles of Gwent Levels waterways, known locally as ‘reens’, are a soup of life - home to hundreds of rare creatures. Numerous rare birds live and migrate there to breed, including European cranes which have recently returned to breed on the proposed route of the motorway, after an absence of 300 years. More than 144 species of threatened bugs and beetles, like the King Diving Beetle, are also amongst those that have made their home here.