Discover Geocaching at the Avalon Marshes, including at our Westhay and Catcott Nature Reserves. The geocaches can be accessed (with the right equipment) by anyone wishing to explore the area and try something a bit different during their walk. They are also being used by intrepid groups of school children coming to visit reserves.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, anywhere in the world.” (Wikipedia).
How it works
The co-ordinates navigate you to the place where a cache is hidden. Once there, you need to start searching. Just ask yourself, ‘where would I hide something here?’ Find the cache, sign the log book, swap small items with ones inside (if the cache is big enough, and completely optional!), and replace the caches exactly as you found it.
How to get involved
You will need to become a member of Geocaching.com (completely free to do via the website). You then bring along your GPS device (with caches points downloaded on to it) or Smartphone (with relevant app downloaded on to it). The Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) has a very useful website with lots of information and useful tips on it – check out the ‘About Geocaching’ section for everything you need to know.
Where are the caches?
The Avalon Marshes caches are on Natures Reserves managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust, Natural England, RSPB and the Hawk and Owl Trust. Some paths may be muddy and uneven so please wear appropriate footwear, and stick to marked paths. Be prepared for the weather, and check the reserve and cache information for details on parking and whether dogs are allowed.
What Geocachers have said:
‘Didn’t realise this nature reserve existed! Beautiful place and a beautiful day to wander about. Thanks for the cache.’
‘I couldn’t think of a nicer place than to come here for a walk. The birdlife is always a treat, and the nice paths cutting through the wetlands are so relaxing to amble along.’
‘Thank you for another excuse to visit the nature reserve.’
‘Thanks for bringing us to this fabulous area.’