Deforestation and flooding

Bruton flood retention dam. Relationship between the percentage of woodland in a drainage basin and ‘bankfull discharge’ downstream. Graph from Dr Colin Clark, ‘Floods at Bruton’. DEFORESTATION AND FLOODING Information leaflet, August 2019...

Lowered water table

Gold Corner pumping station Changes in the numbers of ciurlew, lapwing, snipe and redshank on twelve core sites between 1977 and 2009. Breeding waders are the key indicator of the health of birdlife on the Somerset Lervels and Moors. THE LOWERED WATER TABLE: PUMPING...

Redirection of the Brue

The late 12th century channel from Northload to Meare Pool, now part of the Glastonbury mill stream. Great Withy Rhine, north of Glastonbury, showing the line of the ancient river bank. The River Brue’s original route from Glastonbury to the Axe valley, from the...

Rewilding the River

REWILDING THE RIVER Information leaflet, September 2019 Rewilding means returning the land, including waterways, as near as possible to its natural state. It is currently a very popular concept, particularly amongst those who understand climate change to be the result...

River Brue and Climate Change

Glastonbury Tor reflected in floodwaters ‘Glastonbury by the sea’, part of Wearyall Hill in the background. RIVER BRUE AND CLIMATE CHANGE Information leaflet, August 2019 In 2006 a glossy coffee table book entitled The Somerset Wetlands – An Ever Changing ...

River Pollution

Duckweed on the River Brue at Plungen, September 2017 And what’s this frothy stuff floating by? RIVER POLLUTION Information leaflet, August 2019 This picture of the River Brue was taken near Glastonbury in September 2017, when there was an exceptionally prolific...