Bincombe Beeches LNR
Habitat: Urban edge, woodland, scrub and meadow
Main car park/access point ST 442 100, TA18 7BY
More of a park than a nature reserve; nevertheless for some ‘light’ birding this is a nice place, and although popular with dog walkers you don’t have to watch where you walk (too much).
There is a nice meadow area at the top by the entrance with views to the North. This is a good area for ‘vismig’ and raptor watching. Ravens are quite frequently seen too. Common Orchids abound here in summer with good insect life as well, especially dragonflies. In the wooded areas bird life is exactly what you would expect with Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Chaffinch and tits and feeding in the impressive beech trees that give the site its name. In the scrub areas Goldcrest, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch and Bullfinch can be found and there are a good number of Song Thrush and Blackbird here too. Tawny Owls are present, though not yet using the nest boxes provided. Spotted Flycatchers and both Meadow and Tree Pipit stop off on migration, and Redwing and Fieldfare can be found in winter.
This site can be found at the end of Beechwood Drive on the Wadham Park estate or by a steep footpath from the town square where the council information office is located.
Open access. The top part is quite flat with mown paths but the town side has some steep inclines and the paths can get muddy in winter. Facilities in Crewkerne.
About the Site
Crewkerne Town Council
Phone: 01460 74001
Leaflet and site map available from Local Information Centre in town hall.