Visiting Greylake is free! And very easy to do for people and wildlife!
We recently had a question from one of our visitors asking whether otters can get through our fox exclusion fence. And yes they can. We turn off the fence in the winter months, so that all mammals can come and go as they please. The fence is only on in the spring, summer and early autumn to keep foxes out and cattle in the fields! We have taken down part of the fence this winter, to help mammals have an easy route around the reserve. And we have lots of culvert pipes for moving water around the reserve that otters and stoats can crawl or swim through to travel around and onto fields on the reserve too.
Happy wildlife watching.
The new Tree House hide.
We have two guided walks planned each morning this weekend, so please be aware that if you want a quiet spot for wildlife watching, go to the viewing screen or our new Tree House hide!!
We hope you enjoy your visit and please do send any interesting photos to our e-mail address:
Happy wildlife watching!
Mrs (on the left) and Mr Bearded Tit (on the right with the dramatic black moustache) on the new stone path at Greylake.
Enjoying 'tit bits' of grit from the stone path helps these birds' digestion of reed seeds. The gizzard within the birds' gut increases during autumn to accommodate their change of diet in winter. They are largely dependent on reed seeds and other grass and flower head seeds throughout the winter months. They will start to include insects in their diet during spring and summer months. But for now these plump, colourful little 'Babblers' can be seen if you are really lucky, along the new stone path to our hides!
Becky Thorpe, Assistant Warden, West Sedgemoor, Greylake and Swell Wood Reserves