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Westhay Moor Nature Reserve

Important notices 

1. 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:

2. 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.

3. 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.

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This reserve has been home to the UK's first recorded breeding pair of Night Heron - find out the full story, please click here.NightHeron-Westhay Jul17 grahamhall





Picture taken by Graham Hall, Westhay Moor Reserve 

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Catcott and WesthayFor 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. 



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Seasonal highlights


Banded Demoiselle


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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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