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RSPB Swell Wood Nature Reserve

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377 Swellwood House Off A Nr Yeovil, Taunton TA3 6PX, England
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Fungii

A smaller reserve but well worth a visit. Great for seeing Herons and if you walk the trails, a lot... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
Mjcmw
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Great walk and Heronry

Lovely location with good views and an interesting hide. Good parking and lots of bird life. Great... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
eigbob
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Part of a continuous strip of ancient woodland extending some 10 miles along the ridge from Langport to the Blackdown Hills. It has the largest colony of breeding grey herons in south-west England - more than 100 pairs and a small number of little egrets nest here. March-June is the best time to come and see the spectacle. If you're lucky, you might see a dormouse too.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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377 Swellwood House Off A Nr Yeovil, Taunton TA3 6PX, England
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

A smaller reserve but well worth a visit. Great for seeing Herons and if you walk the trails, a lot of different fungii can be seen.

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Lovely location with good views and an interesting hide. Good parking and lots of bird life. Great for children as things are easy to see

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

I went hoping to see and photograph herons as this is known as a large heronry but I was unlucky not to see a single heron. I could hear them but not see them. There is a good heron hide for shelter. I saw a...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2017

Difficult one this, lovely place for a walk or bird watching but not great for bird photography. Its a bit too dark ( I know its a wood and a lot of trees that create shade ) another little grumble is the new bird hide,...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

We popped into the wood after driving past and seeing the sign about the herons nests. We hadn't got binoculars but could see the heron nests from the hide. Very interesting. We also went for a walk along the wildlife trail as we had our...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Amazing to see the herons nests high up in the trees, and see the young stick their heads up waiting for food. Go early, stay quiet and still and you will be rewarded.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I was reviewing where to take the children out and about for Easter and this walk was very well received by my 11 and 7 year old. There are 3 areas; the woodland walk, the scarp trail and the heronry hide. Both walk and trail...More

1  Thank Jennie B
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Visited in April, nesting herons can be viewed from the new hide. Bluebells, wood anemones and primroses in flower. There is a short circular walk on a fairly level path and a longer one across the ridge with views over the Somerset levels. Smallish car...More

Thank LadyGAxbridge
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Most folk visit for the heronry, no interest to us. But walk on down the road (out of the reserve of course) and you are greeted with a beautiful view across the Levels. At the bottom we saw hedges thronging with the less common field...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

A lovely place to visit to see many birds and other wildlife. A new hide has been built, for views of the heronry, but this had still not been opened last week, as the RSPB want the nesting herons to get used to it, before...More

Thank Mjcmw
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Response from Stuart W | Reviewed this property |
yes, I have seen a lot of dog walkers whilst there.
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