Shapwick Heath

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Shapwick Heath, part of the Avalon Marshes in the Somerset Levels Wetlands, and managed as a National Nature Reserve by Natural England, is a former raised bog lying in the basin of the River Brue. The site supports a diverse community of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.

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Shapwick Moor

Bordering Shapwick Heath
Shapwick Moor, adjoining Shapwick Heath, is a 128 acre (0.56sq km) nature reserve purchased by the Hawk and Owl Trust. Their aim is to encourage wildlife, not human visitors and there will be no visitor centre or permanent structures, but a public footpath which crosses the site will be improved and hides built along the footpath at key vantage points.

Birds identified at the site include: buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel, hobby, Red kite, barn owl, lapwing, pheasant, cuckoo, woodpecker and skylark


How to get here


The reserve is 1 km north of Shapwick village and 7 km west of Glastonbury. By car, access to the site is via minor roads from the A39 and B3151. The nearest car park is at the Peat Moors Centre, 0.5 km north of the main entrance.


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