Somerset Levels

The establishment of the Common Crane has been one of the great success stories of the Somerset Levels.  Join us for this winter/early spring break to explore one of the finest wetland areas in the UK, home also to Bitterns, Bearded Reedlings and Marsh Harriers. 

The Somerset Levels is one of the largest lowland wetlands in the country – a land of lakes, reed beds and farmland fringed by water-filled ditches and rhynes. There was largescale drainage in the 1800s, but more recently huge areas of abandoned peat workings have been flooded, creating ‘new’ wetlands which attract an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Bitterns are well established, along with Great Egrets, Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits, and winter sees the massed gatherings of Starlings which form unforgettable murmurations, swirling around against the dusk sky. The combination of thousands of dabbling duck and waders which gather on the pools attract raptors such as Peregrine Merlin and Hen Harrier. We also have a chance of seeing Common Cranes which have resulted from a successful release programme. Over the three days we will explore a cluster of reserves including Shapwick Heath, Shapwick Moor, Ham Wall, Westhay Moor, Catcott Complex and RSPB Greylake.

Next date to be announced
4 nights
Four nights dinner bed and breakfast, picnic lunches on three days, transport and the services of the leader. 
Travel insurance, transport to and from venue and during event, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry and phone calls. 
HOTEL: Meare Manor is a historic house situated in the village of Meare, much of which was owned by the monks of Glastonbury Abbey. Rebuilt in 1802 and fully renovated in 2001, Meare Manor - now a four star guest house - is located in the heart of the Somerset countryside, perfectly positioned for exploration of the Somerset Levels. It only has 9 rooms so we are sole occupants. A warm welcome awaits us from our hosts, plus nice home-cooked dinners in the evening. For more information and directions see
01691 718740