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RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve

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RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve

About

Discover a placing teaming with amazing wildlife, panoramic views and the sounds of the reeds swaying in the wind at Ham Wall. You might be lucky enough to see or hear secretive bitterns, stunning great white egrets, elusive otters, swimming water voles, chorusing Iberian water frogs, hunting barn owls or skittish roe deer which all call this place home. Discover the sights and sounds of this magical wetland, created by the RSPB when peat extraction ended on this site. Enjoy the stunning views across the marshes to Glastonbury Tor and follow secluded paths through the mystical landscape.

Each season brings a different experience in spring bird song fills the air and fledglings can be seen making their first hop, flit and fly into the world while in late autumn and winter at dusk the sky is filled with swirling masses of birds feeding or coming into roost in the reeds until dawn when they erupt out of the reeds – an experience not to be missed! Icy weather in the winter can be the best time to see otters as they frolic and skid across the ice. Ham Wall provides an unforgettable day out for the whole family no matter the season.

Check out their range of regular events for new days to discover the reserve and all of the amazing wildlife that makes it home here. Events include special canoe safaris, spooky Halloween trails, guided walks and a summer holiday club.

A small Welcome Building providing information and selling a limited selection of take-away hot and cold drinks, brownies and flapjacks, is open most weekdays and every weekend from 10am – 4pm.

All the birds, animals and this amazing landscape is here because the RSPB and its partners are giving nature a home in this special place.

The RSPB is a charity and we rely on support from people like you.

Extras

Key Features

  • In countryside

Accessibility

  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - 150 spaces. Parking charges apply. Free for RSPB members and Blue Badge Holders otherwise £1.50 for up to two hours, £3 for more than 2 hours.

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Welcome Building selling take away teas, coffee, hot chocolate, water, fruit juice, brownies and flapjacks.

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    59
  • Very Good
    24
  • Average
    1
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • Stephen B
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Relaxing & peaceful
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 16th August 2017
    If your able to get along to ham wall bird reserve, depending on time of year there's always something to see , or hear! As I heard the cuckoo & Bittern when I went down in May. There's otters too... Read full review
  • Cari L
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 5th August 2017
    Met by a helpful member of staff . It was very peaceful and Hubbie and I strolled round enjoying the walk Read full review
  • Swoods86
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
    Looks to be recently refurbished and lots of birds to be seen along well kept paths and huts. The carvings are good for the kids to play amongst - my only minor quibble was the main information hut... Read full review
RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve
Ashcott Road
Meare
Nr Glastonbury
BA6 9SX

Tel: +44 (0)1458 860 494

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Car Park and Toilets are open
1st February - 31st March -06.00 to 20.00
1st April - 30th September- 06.00 to 22.00
1st October - 31st January – 06.00 to 18.30
An alternative car park managed by Natural England at Ashcott Corner is open outside of these times.

Welcome Building
Small Welcome Building selling limited selection of hot and cold drinks, brownies and flapjacks open most weekdays and every weekend from 10am – 4pm.

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