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RSPB Ham Wall

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OtterBitternFour Spotted Chaser. Image © John CrispinComma ButterflyGreen Veined White ButterflyPeacock ButterflySpeckled Wood ButterflyGadwallShoveler. Image © John CrispinTeal. Image © John CrispinBearded TitReed Warbler. Image © John CrispinSwallowGreat Crested GrebeLittle GrebeKingfisherCormorantReed BuntingLinnetLesser RedpollOspreyTufted DuckWater RailSpotted FlycatcherBitternSnipeMarsh Harrier - femaleMarsh Harrier - maleBuzzard. Image © John CrispinLittle EgretGreat White Egret

Meare
Nr Glastonbury
Somerset
BA6 9SX
01458 860494

Visit the RSPB Hamwall webpage

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.

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