RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve

RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Ashcott Road, Meare, Nr Glastonbury, BA6 9SX

Tel: +44 (0)1458 860 494

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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 the amazing wildlife that makes it home here. Events include special canoe safaris, spooky Halloween trails, guided walks and a children’s summer events programme.

A small Info Point providing information is open most weekdays and every weekend from 10 am – 4 pm.

A small take-away selling a limited selection of hot and cold drinks, pre-packaged snacks (flapjacks, cookies and crisps) and ice creams, is open most weekdays, subject to volunteer availability, and every weekend from 10am – 4pm. Card Payment preferred.

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

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

Dogs on a short lead are welcome on the main reserve path and public footpath (Ham Wall loop) only.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Car Park and Toilets are open
5am-6.30pm, 1 November-31 January.
5am-8pm, 1 February-31 March.
5am-10pm, 1 April-30 August.
5am-8pm, 1 September-31 October.
£3 all day. Card payment only. RSPB Members park for free. Please display your membership card on your dashboard.
An alternative car park managed by Natural England at Ashcott Corner is open outside of these times.

Info Point
Small information point providing Information is open most weekdays and every weekend from 10am – 4pm.

Take-away Refreshments
Small take-away selling limited selection of hot and cold drinks, prepacked snacks (flapjacks, cookies and crisps) and ice creams is open most weekdays, subject to volunteer availability, and every weekend from 10am – 4pm.

Further Information


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


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Small takeaway selling teas, coffee, hot chocolate, water, fruit juice, cookies, crisps, flapjacks and ice cream.

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - 150 spaces. Parking charges apply. Free for RSPB members and Blue Badge Holders otherwise £3 all day.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Neil C
      Good bird watching
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 31st October 2021
      We were there for bird watching, but it is also great just for a walk or a cycle ride. The RSPB welcome was very good and the car park had plenty of space. The hides were open and not crowded. We... Read full review
    • Albia-Newton
      Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great site to see murmurations
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 1st January 2022
      Nice natural space with great views of the levels and the Tor Fantastic bird watching hides One of the best places in Somerset to see Starling murmurations Read full review
    • Unex333
      Glastonbury, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A visit to remember!
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 29th April 2022
      We visited the murmurations early mid Dec, omg, it was epic! Since then I've been back several times and it truly is mind blowing! Read full review

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