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Westhay Moor Nature Reserve

Some of the county’s most threatened habitats and species

Westhay Moor is home to many globally-threatened species and rare or local species such as the Otter, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Hairy Dragonfly – all of which can be found on our reserves.

Supported by over 18,000 members, Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving wild places for over 50 years.

Sadly, we have now reached a critical point in the care of some of our most important nature reserves such as Westhay Moor.

Help Support Westhay Moor

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Westhay Moor is a beautiful nature reserve to explore with its shimmering lakes and reed beds, birds singing and signs of life all around.

The North Hide section of Westhay Moor is currently closed for repairs to the boardwalk, we apologise for the inconvenience and hope to get this sorted soon.

** For an update on Avian Bird Flu, please click here

Please do not keep valuables in vehicles, and if possible remove parcel shelf in the boot to show that the vehicle is empty.

For more information on Westhay Moor please follow this link.

Nearby nature reserves

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Seasonal highlights


Banded Demoiselle


Reed warbler






Little grebe


All year-round



Bearded tit



View Westhay Moor on Google maps

Look out for the brown tourist signs (Westhay Moor NNR): From the Avalon Marshes Centre there is one just before the Godney right hand turn to Westhay Moor, one in Westhay village when coming from Meare village, and one in Westhay village when coming from the Avalon Marshes Centre.

Reserve information

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By road: North of the village of Westhay. Turn off the B3151 to Westhay Moor Drove.

By bicycle: A National Cycle Network route runs along a disused railway line, just south of Westhay village.

Grid Reference: ST 456 437

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Best time to visit


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Plan journey

By car, bike, foot, public transport

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Open to the public year round

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Nearest facilities

Toilets and refreshments can be found within 2-3 miles of the reserve at The Avalon Marshes Centre (BA6 9TT), Sweet’s Tea Rooms (Blakeway) or Double Gate Farm Tea Room (Godney).

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261 acres (106 ha)

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National Nature Reserve. SSSI. Ramsar. SPA.

Access & safety

Download safety and access info.

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The car park is just off the road to Godney, at the junction with Daggs Lane Drove.

Coaches/minbuses  advised to drop off at Drove entrance.

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Dogs are welcome on leads. No access to the mire area due to the delicate nature of the site. More here

Grazing animals

Exmoor ponies and cattle.

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Contact us

Tel: 01823 652400


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Download a guided 'Wildwalk'

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