With wetlands and woodlands Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves are a great place to explore and experience wildlife this autumn. There are walks and talks taking place across the county to help all autumnwatch fans in Somerset explore and understand the landscape at this special time of year.
Reserves to explore this autumn
Somerset is an important stop off point and destination for many species of migratory bird (you may have been watching them on Autumnwatch already this year), including whimbrel, black tailed godwit, lapwing and osprey, and one of the best places to see them locally is the Somerset Levels.
Spend the day exploring The Catcott Complex and Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, near the mystical town of Glastonbury.
Our broadleaved woodland reserves are a delight of autumnal hues at this time of year. There is much to explore at Langford Heathfield, the Trust’s second largest nature reserve, at 226 acres, with ancient oak and ash woodland.
The expansive wilderness of Harridge Woods, near Shepton Mallet, provides a safe home for a huge variety of wildlife, including many threatened species such as hazel dormice (did you know you can adopt a dormouse?).
It is also home to the Trust’s award winning bat house. Restored from a tumble down cottage by volunteers and staff Keeper’s Cottage is home to at least seven of the 17 different bat species in the UK so keep your eyes peeled at dusk.
Walks and talks this autumn
There are plenty of walks and talks taking place this autumn too. Take a look at our events page to see what is going on or visit any of our reserve pages and click on the blue events tab to see what events are happening nearby.