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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About

*** Please note: Visit Bristol are in the process of updating our pages with the most up to date information, as and when businesses reopen. Please see individual websites and social media for the most up to date information before you plan a visit.***

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.

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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 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.

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

Accessibility

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

Catering

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

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 £1.50 for up to two hours, £3 for more than 2 hours.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    126
  • Very Good
    42
  • Average
    3
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • GeysirGal
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    A very special place
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th July 2020
    We spent a lovely afternoon exploring Ham Wall last summer during a week in Somerset and having not really explored the levels before. The scenery and the wildlife are just spectacular and this is... Read full review
  • Tangoj63
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
    A little off the beaten track but worth the detour
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th August 2020
    We managed to find some shade on a very hot day. A peaceful place but the hides and a few of the smaller paths are closed due to Covid but it doesn’t stop you from enjoying a pleasant stroll. Read full review
  • _stevecuv
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    An afternoon walk around a RSPB nature reserve
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 16th September 2020
    We went to ham wall nature reserve in Somerset a couple of weeks ago but it started raining heavily when we got to the car park so we left and decided to go back later, we went there last Friday... Read full review

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