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About West Sedgemoor

Flooded meadows at the RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve

Image: Andy Hay

West Sedgemoor is part of England's largest remaining wet meadow system. Set among the Somerset Levels and Moors, it has the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds such as lapwings, snipe, curlew and redshanks in southern England.

In winter, the controlled flooding on the wet meadows attracts birds in their thousands - ducks such as wigeons, teals, shovelers, pintails and mallards, and wading birds such as golden plovers, snipe and lapwings.

The reserve has restricted access to protect ground-nesting birds and over-wintering flocks. Come on one of our guided walks to get special access to our winter viewing station.

West Sedgemoor is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. To keep the hay meadows and pastures special for wildlife, we control water levels and the grazing cattle create ideal habitats for ground-nesting birds. Our hedgerows are managed using traditional methods benefiting birds, small mammals and butterflies, and water voles and otters breed here too.

Opening times

You can use public footpaths that run around the edge of the reserve during the quieter summer months when we do not run any events, but for special access, join us on one of our guided walks in the winter and early spring months.

Entrance charges

There are charges for guided walks.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Join us on a guided walk to get the most from your visit and get the best views of the wildlife. Booking required.

Information for dog owners

No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.023385,-2.868977
  • Grid reference: ST391252
  • Nearest town: Langport, Somerset
  • County: Somerset
  • Country: England

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