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Essential maintenance works to Ashcott railway wridge have been delayed until the end of May. During this time, the access via the main path footpath will not be available. The reserve, car park and all other paths will 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 cycle access.Station Road between Ashcott and RSPB Ham Wall will be closed for essential repairs between 20 May and 1 June. Access to the reserve will be via Meare village during this period.
Image: David Kjaer
Here you can enjoy a newly created wetland, which provides a safe home for many rare species including water voles and otters. In spring the reedbeds are alive with birdsong and in autumn you can see kingfishers flashing up and down the ditches. Bitterns are seen regularly all year-round. There is disabled access to this reserve by RADAR key. Events are held throughout the year for families and for those who want to learn more about wildlife. We have recently installed a new reception building and toilets and a new two story hide at the north side of the reserve.
Reserve open at all times but car park is controlled by automatic gates that are open at the following times: 1 October to 31 January, 7 am-6.30 pm. 1 February to 31 March, 7 am to 8 pm. 1 April to 30 September, 6 am to 10 pm. An alternative car park managed by Natural England at Ashcott Corner is open outside of these times.
Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
A good number of events take place through the year. These focus on the wildlife of the reserve and are lead by friendly, informative staff and volunteers.
Good facilities provide easy family access, with a range of events held through the year and good information service at weekends from April to October.
Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways. Dogs are only allowed on the public footpath and disused railway line. Assistance dogs are allowed on the Walton Heath and Loxtons Marsh trails
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