Somerset Levels

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

near car park : great white egretB
Viridor hide : mute swan
Tower hide : not much to see
30 Acre hide : mute swanNB
near Dagg’s screen : great white egretB, great crested grebeNB

11 October 2016 – Shapwick Moor

Badger Sett hide : nothing to see
Barbara Handley hide : goldfinchNB, pheasantB, kestrelB, chaffinchNB, blue titNB, great tit
Canada hide : kingfisherNB, cootNB, marsh harrierNB

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

Shapwick Tower hide : great white egretB, little egret, coot, lapwingNB, tealNB
Noahs hide : kingfisherNB, coot
Meare Heath hide : nothing to see

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.

Note: (B) part of an existing blog – (NB) not part of an existing blog
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