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Wells, Somerset

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CITY OF WELLS • MENDIP HILLS • SOMERSET LEVELS

RSPB Ham Wall

Meare, Nr Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9SX, Tel: 01458 860494

An excellent location for bird watching, Ham Wall, this newly-created wetland of over 200 hectares lies in the northern part of the Somerset levels and Moors about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Glastonbury. As one of the largest reedbed establishment sites in the country, the reserve is now a rich patchwork of reedbeds, wet scrub and open water, with peripheral grassland and woodland. 'Access for All' facilities, including nature trails, sound and hands-on displays, make Ham Wall accessible to a wide range of visitors. Wildlife populations are doing well. Otters frequently use the site, water voles are present in good numbers, and the reedbeds come alive with bird song in the spring. In Spring you can hear the booming calls of male bitterns, one of the UK's rarest birds. Dragonflies and butterflies are abundant until late summer. The winter brings large numbers of ducks and geese, including hundreds of gadwalls, shovelers, teals and wigeons. 'Access for All' facilities include walkways accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs, viewing areas and screens with tactile displays and a sound box. And see the million starlings filling the sky in the winter months as they arrive to roost among the reeds each afternoon. Guided walks through the year.

Visit the RSPB Hamwall webpage

  • Otter
  • Bittern
  • Kingfisher
  • Little Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Swallow
  • Reed Warbler. Image  John Crispin
  • Bearded Tit
  • Teal. Image  John Crispin
  • Shoveler. Image  John Crispin
  • Gadwall
  • Speckled Wood Butterfly
  • Peacock Butterfly
  • Green Veined White Butterfly
  • Comma Butterfly
  • Four Spotted Chaser. Image  John Crispin
  • Cormorant
  • Reed Bunting
  • Linnet
  • Lesser Redpoll
  • Osprey
  • Tufted Duck
  • Water Rail
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Bittern
  • Snipe
  • Marsh Harrier - female
  • Marsh Harrier - male
  • Buzzard. Image  John Crispin
  • Little Egret
  • Great White Egret

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