Habitat: Woodland and heath
Car park at SS911476
Worth a visit at any time of year although spring and early summer are best. From the car park follow the easy access track back east through the top of the wood towards the small stone-built memorial hut. The conifers here can hold Crossbills, Siskins and Redpolls. If you then go down towards the top edge of the deciduous wood a path takes you back around towards the car park; in this area Redstarts, and occasionally Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher, can be found.
Dartford Warblers and Stonechats can be found in the gorse either side of the path up to Selworthy Beacon from the car park; the area around the Beacon is good for Skylark and Meadow Pipits. From there walk west, then follow a path down over the north side of the hill skirting the field edge, and west again above Western Brockholes to the top of Hurlstone Combe, returning to the car park via a steep climb. This should produce sightings of Peregrine and, in summer, Wheatears which breed amongst the rocky outcrops. If the Western Brockholes path is not taken a more direct route back to the car park is available. The area below the car park can also hold Dartford Warblers, which survived here whilst the population crashed elsewhere in Somerset.
Early mornings in autumn in the area around the beacon and the coast to the north can be good for observing visible migration, with birds making their way up the combes and away to the south.
Take the (narrow and twisty) minor road from Minehead signposted to North Hill and then drive to the car park which is at the end of the surfaced road.
Open access all year. The area is well served by hard tracks. Although the main area is fairly level there are some harder climbs if you descend off the top. No facilities on site.
About the Site
National Trust's Holnicote Estate