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Public Notice: Somerset Wetlands NNR

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National Parks and Countryside Access Act 1949

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Declaration of National Nature Reserve

Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset, Sedgemoor and Mendip districts

County of Somerset

Notice is hereby given that:

Under section 19(1) of the National Parks and Countryside Access Act 1949 and section 35(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and all other powers enabling them in this respect, Natural England has, by Somerset Wetlands National Nature Reserve No 01 Declaration made on 4th May 2022, declared that the National Nature Reserves of Bridgwater Bay, Ham Wall, Huntspill River, Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels and Westhay Moor are extended and collectively shall henceforth be known as Somerset National Wetlands Nature Reserve.

Pursuant to Section 19(3) of the National Parks and Countryside Access Act 1949 (as amended) and all other powers enabling them in this respect, Natural England declares that the land of ‘a total area of ​​78.15 hectares or thereabouts shown hatched and shaded in yellow on Map No. 7 annexed to the said declaration, lying in the districts of Mendip and Sedgemoor in the county of Somerset, (which land was included in the declaration Ham Wall No. 01 made by The Nature Conservancy Council for England on 19 July 1995) ceased to be owned by Natural England and is now owned and managed as a nature reserve by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The extension land totaling 2,274.16 hectares or thereabouts shown in plain hatching or hatched and shaded in yellow on the maps accompanying said declaration, situated in the districts of Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset , Sedgemoor and Mendip in the County of Somerset, was acquired and is held by Natural England or is held by the Environment Agency, Hawk and Owl Trust, National Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, bodies approved by Natural England to hold and manage national nature reserves.

The said land now having a total area of ​​6138.92 hectares or thereabouts is managed as a nature reserve, and Natural England is satisfied that the land is of national importance.

And pursuant to Section 19(3) of the National Parks and Countryside Access Act 1949 (as amended), and all other powers enabling them in this respect, Natural England declares that the land aggregating 1.24 hectares or thereabouts shown hatched and unshaded on Map No. 7 appended to the said declaration, lying in the district of Mendip in the county of Somerset, (which land was included in the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve No 05 Statement made by English Nature 29th September 2006) ceased to be owned and managed by Natural England as a nature reserve.

The statement and associated maps can be viewed on the Natural England website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-nature-reserves-formal-notice-of-new-or -extended-sites

Rachel Williams, Area Manager for Wessex,
on behalf of Natural England.