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Bird watching holidays

Bird watching holidays in Somerset provide a great location. The Somerset Levels attract birds from far and wide. The Avalon Marshes (which form part of the Levels) are internationally famous.

This low-lying wetland attracts Arctic Terns, Bitterns and Marsh Harriers. It is also the only nesting area in the UK for the Great White Egret. A paradise for bird watching holidays!

Bird watching holidays in Somerset

There are a number of nature reserves just a 30 minute drive from the hotel. Ideal for bird watching holidays!

The main reserves are:

Catcott Lows – The restoration of 30 acres of former industrial peat-diggings has created a rare wetland habita. This attracts a plethora of wildlife. See reed warblers, bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.

Greylake – Two hides overlook this reserve. The area is a ‘wet grassland’ reserve with a special note for breeding lapwing, snipe, redshank and yellow wagtail.

Ham Wall – This large reedbed reserve covers around 650 acres and is of significant national importance. Three priority species: bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit all breed here. There is also an abundance of other wildlife here. Spot otter, water vole, roe deer, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies.

Shapwick Heath – Managed by Natural England, this wetland reserve covers over 500 hectares. It is home to bitterns, marsh harriers and otters. Huge flocks of starlings come to roost in winter. Hobbies arrive from Africa in the spring.

Shapwick Moor – Situated on the Somerset Levels, the Hawk and Owl Trust is restoring this former farmland to permanent wet grassland and fen. 

Swell Woods – Part of the RSPB West Sedgemoor reserve, there is a small hide overlooking the Heronry (the largest in the South West.) Breeding species include the marsh tit, treecreeper, goldcrest and nuthatch.

Westhay Moor – A beautiful nature reserve with shimmering lakes, reed beds and woods. The area provides a winter haven for many species of bird. These include bitterns and bearded tits. 

Bird watching holidays at the hotel

Our hotel is situated in the centre of Wells, directly opposite Wells Cathedral.  Wells lies in the heart of Somerset, so it makes a great base from which to explore. This beautiful city also offers plenty of things to see and do.

Find out more about our accommodation and prices.

Come and enjoy bird watching holidays at our hotel. Please contact us on +44 (0)1749 836300 , use our online booking facility or complete an Enquiry Form.

Photos courtesy of John Crispin