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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.
Explore Quants Nature Reserve on the Blackdown Hills.
Explore Harridge Wood Nature Reserve on the Mendip Hills.
Explore Westhay Moor Nature Reserve on the Somerset Levels.
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.
• That in the Mendip Volunteer Conservation group alone, 341 volunteer hours of volunteer effort went into helping to manage our Mendip reserves over a six-month period in 2013.
• We have around forty grazing contractors and provide employment for many other local contractors.
• That 55,000 visitors per year visit our Black Rock reserve (Mendips).
• We provide 1,110 hectares of open access for people to enjoy our oustanding nature reserves.
• 682 school children got their hands dirty on our nature reserves in the 2012/13 academic year.