⚠ Temporarily closed - we are hoping to resume access to the reserve in early 2024 with pre-booked guided visits. Please check this banner for the latest update ⚠
West Sedgemoor reserve is part of England's largest remaining wet meadow system. Located in the Somerset Levels and Moors, it’s protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is closed to visitors to protect precious wildlife.
While you can't enter the reserve, you can explore around the edge using the public footpaths for sweeping views across the flooded grasslands, hedgerows, and woodland.
We've been working to keep the hay meadows and pastures perfect for wildlife. We control water levels, graze cattle and cut hay to create ideal habitats for ground-nesting birds. This ongoing hay meadow management helps West Sedgemoor’s rare plants to thrive. Plus, it helps to keep the area buzzing and singing by benefitting birds, mammals and insects.
It’s anything but quiet... in fact, it’s home to the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds in southern England and swarms with waders and ducks during the winter. And beyond birds, If you’re lucky, you might spot Roe Deer and Brown Hares which live here too.