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Wells, Somerset

Visitor Information for


RSPB Swell Wood

Nr. Fivehead, Somerset, TA3 6PX, Tel: 01458 252805

Swell Wood is an ancient woodland, part of a continuous strip of woodland extending some 10 miles (15 km) along the ridge from Langport to the Blackdown Hills. It has the largest colony of breeding grey herons in south-west England - more than 100 pairs and a small number of little egrets nest here in the ancient oaks. Between March and June is the best time to come and see the spectacle. Wildflowers such as bluebells cover the woodland floor in spring and look out for primroses and orchids, too. We manage the woodland to benefit the dormice, woodland birds, butterflies and plants. Nuthatches and woodpeckers are among the many birds that feed at the car park bird feeders in winter. You can explore our two nature trails and hide, which are open at all times. No access for dogs, except on the Scarp Trail. They must be kept on leads.

Visit the RSPB Swell Wood webpage

  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Little Egret
  • Blackcap. Image  John Crispin
  • Robin
  • Grey Heron
  • Goldfinch
  • Whitethroat
  • Peacock Butterfly. Image  John Crispin
  • Stonechat
  • Reed Bunting
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Lat/Long : 51.010461, -2.912920