Habitat: Conifer forest with some open areas
SS978423, TA24 6TA
One of the most reliable sites in the county for Crossbills, Croydon Hill is a large area of conifer plantations, also attracting many Siskins, Coal Tits, and Goldcrests, and all of the other expected conifer woodland species. Woodcock are regular in winter.
There is easy access to the forest via walking tracks from the car park at Nutcombe Bottom. A network of waymarked trails means you can make a visit as short or as long as you want. Roadside parking further up the same minor road gives easier access to the tracks further up the hill, including a circular track just below the summit.
Felled areas nearby have Nightjars from mid May to August. Arrive just before sunset, wander around and listen. There are reliable reports of Long-eared Owl and Willow Tit in the area in recent years.
The Douglas firs near Nutcombe Bottom car park include the tallest tree in England, measured at 61.3m (201 ft).
From the A39 turn left on to the A396 through Dunster. About 0.5 miles after the village take the minor road left towards Luxborough and Nutcombe Bottom car park (£1/2hrs, £2/all day) is after about 1 mile on the left. Other parking areas further uphill on same road.
Wide gravel tracks, but steep gradient up from Nutcombe Bottom and undulating elsewhere so not particularly wheelchair friendly. Many of the target species can be seen from parking areas though. Picnic tables at Nutcombe Bottom, but no toilets or other facilities.
About the Site
Dunster Forest is owned by the Crown Estate.
Phone: 01643 821309