From a birding perspective, the Somerset Levels concentrate mostly on the Avalon Marshes, which contains the following nature reserves : Catcott Complex, Shapwick Moor, Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall. A bit further to the north-east of the Avalon Marshes is Westhay Moor.
Since I suspect that I’ll be paying these sites a visit on more than one occasion, I thought I’d start recording what I’ve seen where and when. Below is the record for the visit of 10 / 11 October 2016.
10 October 2016 – Westhay Moor
11 October 2016 – Shapwick Moor
11 October 2016 – Catcott Complex
north hide : nothing to see (meadows mostly dry)
Tower hide : nothing to see (apart from masses of flies trapped inside the hide)
11 October 2016 – Ham Wall
midway viewing platform : grey heronNB, cormorantNB, great white egretB, mallard
screens near Tor View hide : tufted duckNB, marsh harrier
Tor View hide : grey heronNB, cormorant, mallard, black-headed gull, little grebeB
11 October 2016 – Shapwick Heath
Also a sighting of a pochardB in Shapwick Heath at an earlier date, 10 March 2013.
For more info on the various nature reserves, see the Avalon Marshes website.