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

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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* 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

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      130
    • Very Good
      44
    • Average
      3
    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sinejean
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Brilliant birding bonus Bitten
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 25th June 2021
      Brilliant reserve. Even in these trying times the R.S.P.B folk were full of good information and advice. Lots to see and the perfect size for an afternoon /morning birding trip. We spotted the... Read full review
    • familytravel4x4
      Liphook, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Lovely walking area
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 30th September 2021
      We enjoyed walking the Ham Wall, but there were few birds to lift the spirits even more - they are still on the way from their summer venues! Nevertheless, lots of hides to find and enjoy the peace... Read full review
    • 313ianw
      Italy
      We need to return
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th October 2021
      Very relaxing experience. Marsh harrier and little egret were highlights but we were a little too early in the season to experience the starling murmurations so we will simply have to return!!! Read full review

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