Nature Reserve lies in the heart of the Somerset Levels and its landscape is dominated
Every inch of this low lying habitat is classed as wetland, whether
it is wet woodland, wet grassland or open water.
Wetlands are an absolute must for any self-respecting lover
of nature. They are fantastically rich in wildlife with star species including
otters and birds.
- Get involved in wetland bird watching, spot an otter
and go pond dipping for a great day out for the whole family.
Heath - Visitor Guide
near Glastonbury, Somerset.
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The best time
to see the flowers at Shapwick Heath is spring.
Bird watching -
Walks, bird watching, pond dipping, wildlife spotting.
visit the reserve make sure you look in the wildlife diary books.
of the public and the wardens fill them in daily and they can be a really valuable
clue as to what you might see.
English Nature leaflet
Walking shoes. Binoculars.
Refreshments available at Peat Moors visitor
- waymarked paths and interpretation boards.
Check log books in
hides for recent wildlife spottings.
Pond dipping - why not enrol
on the pond dipping course and get expert advice on identifying the local aquatic
Neolithic Sweet Track - the oldest man-made route
in Britain - runs across the area.
Wildlife watching - Birds, Otters,
insects, plants and birds.
There is a lot to see at Shapwick so to
make the most of your trip, plan a long day from dawn until dusk.
watching - dawn is a good time to watch the deer.
Otters - the Mere
Heath hide is the best place to watch from but be patient!
No toilets - the nearest are located at nearby villages.
on site - local villages nearby.
access to hides, some seats, easy-access boardwalk.
The Mere Heath
hide has good disabled access.
No dogs allowed on site.
Located one kilometere north
of Shapwick village near Glastonbury.
The nearest car park is at
the peat Moors Centre, not far from the reserve's main entrance. There is a second
car park at the other end of the reserve.
Open year round.
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