Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Somerset Nature Reserves

Somerset Wildlife Trust protects some of  the county's most threatened habitats and precious species within its nature reserves. They are great places to enjoy and explore the amazing wildlife and landscapes we have on our doorstep. There are many opportunities to get close to nature and see some very special wildlife.

We manage 72 nature reserves across Somerset, which cover an area of 1,720 hectares (roughly equivalent in size to 2,000 football pitches). Some of our nature reserves are very large and link to adjacent sites to create a complex, while others are a cluster of fields or woodlands. Our largest nature reserve that we manage is Yoxter (228 hectares) and the smallest is Wadbury Bat House in East Mendip.

Where to visit?

Our nature reserves are maked on the map below or an A-Z list can be found to the left. You can also download our Nature Reserves Guide.
 

Visiting our nature reserves

We favour public access to our nature reserves on foot, for quiet enjoyment of the wildlife and countryside. This is not always possible, for reasons including health and safety concerns or the need to protect fragile habitats. Restricted access and permit only reserves are clearly designated online and in the Nature Reserves Guide.

Dogs are permitted on most of our nature reserves, however, owners are reminded that dogs can cause significant disturbance to wildlife and livestock. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Please follow the Countryside Code:

  •     Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
  •     Leave gates and property as you find them
  •     Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
  •     Keep dogs under close control
  •     Consider other people

There are two downloadable access guides that can be downloaded here for Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve and the Catcott Complex Reserve.

More information is available online at: www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk