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Important notice

Essential Maintenance Works to Ashcott Railway Bridge from Tuesday 4 April for 3 - 4 weeks. Due to circumstances beyond our control, Dawnus Construction will be carrying out the third and final phase of the essential maintenance works to Ashcott Railway Bridge on behalf of the environment agency who manage the main path through the reserve. Access via the main path footpath will not be available during this period. However, the reserve and all other paths remain open as usual and access will be via an alternative signed route along the Glastonbury canal. We regret that this path is unsuitable for disabled and cycling access. During this period, the RADAR key system allowing access to the disabled parking area on the reserve will not be in operation. The Ham Wall team hope that you will continue to enjoy the reserve during this period and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Hear the boom of a bittern from deep within the reedbed
  2. Watch hobbies stop off on migration from Africa to hunt insects overhead
  3. Great crested grebes perform their enchanting 'weed dance' on the water

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Watch bitterns flying over the reedbed, taking food back to their ever-hungry chicks
  2. Barn owls hunt silently over the grassy banks at dusk
  3. The strange croaking of hundreds of marsh frogs

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. See the flash of a kingfisher diving for fish
  2. Hundreds of wigeons, teals and shovelers arrive for the winter
  3. Observe the changing colours in the reedbed and trees

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Water rails perform their own version of Dancing on Ice!
  2. Is it getting 'otter? See if you can spot this slinky fish-eater
  3. Marsh harriers circle and glide over the golden reedbeds

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  • Buzzard soar
  • Kestel Hovering
  • Otter with food
  • Bittern in flight
  • Juvenile Harrier
  • RSPB Ham Wall Kingfisher
  • Great White Ham Wall
  • Snipe at Ham Wall

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Map of Ham Wall

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Date: 15 March 2016


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