Ham Wall reedbed, Cambridgeshire

Wildlife Day - Somerset Levels


To be confirmed


Mike Symes

Group size

Maximum 6

We will spend the day exploring Ham Wall RSPB reserve and neighbouring Shapwick Heath, at the heart of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The habitats here have been created from old peat workings and are now a thriving wetland consisting of extensive reedbeds, open water, grassland and woodland. We will keep an eye out for Marsh Harriers quartering over the reeds, whilst the open pools will be full of water birds such as Great-crested and Little Grebe, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal and the elegant Pintail. We have a good chance of seeing Great White Egret, and we will keep scanning the reeds for the elusive Bittern and for ‘pinging’ flocks of Bearded Tits moving through the vegetation. As the light starts to fade we will eagerly await the famous Starling roost – one of the largest in the UK, usually with tens of thousands of birds involved. Hopefully they will put on a memorable display, a great way to end our time on the Somerset Levels.