Aerial view of Newport Wetlands, Wales

Gwent Levels

Gwent Levels

The Gwent Levels Futurescape is renowned for the specialist wildlife it supports – a rich patchwork of different habitats and landscapes sweeping the Severn Estuary coastline from Cardiff past the Second Severn Crossing and beyond.

This Futurescape covers the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, Magor Marsh Wildlife Trust reserve and several other key sites where organisations are working together to save wildlife for future generations. This is one of the largest ‘hand crafted’ landscapes in the UK, and is internationally recognised for archaeological remains and the distinct field patterns first reclaimed from the sea in Roman times.

It covers approximately 57 square kilometres and is a mixture of coastal floodplains, drainage channels known locally as ‘reens’, saltmarshes and mudflats. It’s this mix of wetlands which allows so many species of insects, animals and birds to find homes here.

Wildlife knows no boundaries, which is why we are working together with partners, conservation groups, communities, local farmers and individuals across Wales as part of the Living Levels Landscape Partnership. This is an initiative which succeeds the work started by the RSPB under the Futurescape initiative; a £4 million heritage-lottery funded scheme which aims to recapture, enhance and celebrate the Gwent Levels.


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Futurescapes - The Gwent Levels

Explore the area

Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us. 

Children birdwatching, at the opening of RSPB Newport Wetlands Centre, Newport, Wales
Kids at Newport Wetlands

Nearby reserves

Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:

Newport Wetlands

This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the fringes of the city, but is also a great place for people, boasting a new RSPB visitor centre, a café, shop and children's play area. 

School children at the opening of RSPB Newport Wetlands Centre, Newport, Wales
Newport Wetlands

Featured projects

The Living Levels Landscape Partnership (LLLP) is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme which has come together to deliver a programme of work which will promote and reconnect people to the heritage, wildlife and wild beauty of the historic landscape of the Gwent Levels.

 Water vole Arvicola terrestris, sitting on bank of canal feeding, Derbyshire, England, April
Water vole

Our partners

The Living Levels Partnership was formed in 2014 to promote and protect the Gwent Levels. We are a cross-organisational partnership, spanning administrative boundaries, working closely with communities and other stakeholders towards the sustainable management of this landscape.