25 Feb 2014 9:53 PM
In the third of a short series of blogs the RSPB’s Tony Whitehead describes why the Somerset Levels are a special place, and why the RSPB wants them to thrive for both wildlife and people.
The Levels are a naturally formed floodplain, but one that has been manipulated over centuries by people. And yet one where people and nature can thrive side by side. And there’s a beauty to it. That a particular sort of farming, cattle grazing, has produced a system that also gives the right conditions for wetland birds such as snipe to thrive. That animals munching and chomping their way across fields creates places for our snipe to feed and nest. That the need for cattle to have extra food when the grass has been eaten produced hay meadows in which curlew and skylark feed and nest.