Wet Moor

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Wet Moor
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Whit Moor and Wet Moor
Wet Moor is located in Somerset
Wet Moor
Location within Somerset
Area of SearchSomerset
Grid referenceST448244
Coordinates51°00′59″N 2°47′18″W / 51.01631°N 2.78830°W / 51.01631; -2.78830Coordinates: 51°00′59″N 2°47′18″W / 51.01631°N 2.78830°W / 51.01631; -2.78830
InterestBiological
Area491 hectares (4.91 km2; 1.90 sq mi)
Notification1985 (1985)
Natural England website

Wet Moor (grid reference ST448244) is a 491.0-hectare (1214.0 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of Muchelney in Somerset, notified in 1985.

Wet Moor is part of the extensive grazing marsh grasslands and ditch systems of the Somerset Levels and Moors.[1]

Wet Moor is low-lying, low-relief land typical in character of the Somerset Moors and Levels. The landscape is dominated by two major arterial watercourses, the Rivers Parrett and Yeo. These are large embanked channels which act as upland water carriers conveying water from the upstream catchments through the low moor lands. In storm conditions the rivers can surcharge their banks and overspill into the adjacent low-lying moorland. Here, flood waters are retained until river levels recede below bankfull conditions. The rivers running through the moor make home for many wildlife, including wintering whooper swans.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wet Moor" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-09-09.
  2. ^ Falconer, R. A; Goodwin, P (1994). Wetland management. Institution of Civil Engineers. ISBN 9780727719942.