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About Greylake

Snipe hiding among grass

Image: Nigel Blake

The fields here used to be arable farmland, but now they are being looked after so that they are ideal for wetland birds and other wildlife.

We have put in structures to keep the water levels high and have created miles of new ditches and shallow water-filled gutters, and dug out numerous shallow pools or 'scrapes'. Now you can see lapwings, snipe, curlews and redshanks nesting here in summer, as well as yellow wagtails, skylarks and meadow pipits.

In winter, the land floods and flocks of lapwings, golden plovers and other wading birds arrive. You can also see wigeons, teals, shovelers and Bewick's swans at this time of year. There is lots of other wildlife to see here too including dragonflies, water voles, otters and roe deer. There is a boardwalk which meanders from the car park to the hide and provides excellent disabled access.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

None, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcomed.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Birds are often close at hand (little egrets, herons, swans, yellow wagtails, reed buntings) and good views can be had from the hide. Good audio and visual interpretation on site.

Information for families

Information for dog owners

No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.107986,-2.859136
  • Grid reference: ST399346
  • Nearest town: Bridgwater, Somerset
  • County: Somerset
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.