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Catcott Nature Reserve Springs to life

Local wildlife enthusiasts enjoyed a taste of the long awaited spring at a series of events showcasing a major wetland restoration project by Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Visitors to the internationally important Catcott Nature Reserve heard about the transformation of 30 acres of former peat diggings to prime wildlife habitat and future plans to improve visitor access to the site; all part of The Catcott Great Fen Restoration Project.

The guided walks took place on April 20 and 22, with up to 100 people from the local area attending. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to see a variety of special wildlife including marsh harrier, cuckoo, grass snake, roe deer and brown hare. Scarce wetland birds including bittern and grasshopper warbler were also heard amongst the reed beds and open water of the nature reserve.

The Trust aims to improve access to the nature reserve, by installing a tower hide and boardwalk, allowing more people to enjoy the wealth of wildlife the site has to offer. To complete the project the Trust launched a £30,000 appeal, last month, and is delighted to announce that generous donations have now tipped the half-way point at £17,000. The Trust still needs to raise the remaining £13,000 - to make a donation visit or call 01823 652400.

The total cost of the project will be £60,000 and the Trust has successfully managed to secure £30,000 from the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Guided walk videos

Below are a series of videos for those who were unable to attend the guided walks. Hosted by Brue Reserves Manager Mark Blake and Brue Valley Development Office Mark Steer, they give a snapshot of the good work that is being done and will be done at Catcott in the near future.

Catcott Heath


Boardwalk and Pond


Catcott Great Fen

Catcott North


Catcott Heath - Pat's Pond


Catcott Heath - Litter Layer and Grazing