Habitat: Woodland surrounding a meadow with ponds
ST399064, TA18 8QH
Although not a large area, 29 acres, this site is well worth a visit and in spring and early summer it is absolutely beautiful due to the collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, rare trees and plants. The central meadow has lots of orchids and good numbers of butterflies and dragonflies in summer. The woodland is home to all the usual bird species that you would expect and Marsh Tits nest here. Ravens, Buzzards and Sparrowhawks can usually be seen and Grey Herons nest in the tallest fir trees. The lower pond, which looks beautiful in the autumn, has Moorhens, Mallard and Kingfishers.
The birdlife of this area is not often reported, and it probably deserves greater coverage as it always feels like there could be a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or other rarity here.
Park Lane / Holvert Lane, Wayford, near Crewkerne. Turn north off the B3165 Crewkerne–Lyme Regis road in Clapton, opposite Clapton Mill. Go over the railway, turn left into Wayford, and continue straight on downhill on the track to the car park, just after the ford.
Although the paths are well looked after they are fairly steep in places and can get muddy in winter. The lake area is quite flat though. The woods can be quite busy with young families at weekends.
About the Site
Wayford Woods Charitable Trust, White Cottage, Dunsham Lane, Wayford TA18 8QN