Westhay Moor Nature Reserve
Important notices for 2018
1.September 2018: IMPORTANT NOTICE. We wanted to let you know that due to roadworks, from Monday 1st October for 5 weeks you will not be able to access our Westhay Nature Reserve via the Shapwick road or Burtle road. If you are unsure how to access neighbouring reserves such as RSPB Ham Wall or Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve please contact the reserves directly. We hope you still find a way to visit.
2. Exmoor ponies are grazing the footpaths at Westhay Moor. We recommend that visitors do not feed the ponies and for safety of visitors, dogs & the ponies we advise you to keep dogs on leads & only if the ponies become skittish near your dog, should you let them off. Dog walkers can find out more information by looking at the Canine Code here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/visitor_information.
3. When visiting Westhay you will notice that our Viridor Hide is vandalised. As unfortunately this has happened repeatedly recently we do not thave the resources to fix it right now. We hope to find a way of resolving this issue for the future, but for now we would appreciate your patience, and that you enjoy the many other hides of the reserve. Thank you.
4. There has unfortunately been a spate of break ins and thefts from vehicles at Westhay Moor, Catcott, Shapwick Heath and Hamwall. Please ensure when visiting these reserves that you don’t leave valuables in cars, remove parcel shelf if possible, and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
This reserve has been home to the UK's first recorded breeding pair of Night Heron - find out the full story, please click here.
Picture taken by Graham Hall, Westhay Moor Reserve
For more information on Westhay Moor please follow this link - and click to the left to download the leaftlet about Westhay Moor, and neighbouring reserve, Catcott.
Please do not keep valuables in vehicles, and if possible remove parcel shelf in the boot to show that the vehicle is empty.
June 14th - Please be aware that parts of this reserve have limited shade, so now that it's getting hotter please ensure you take plenty of water with you and wear sufficient sun protection when visiting. Thank you.
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.