Habitat: Reedbeds, open water and shallow pools, fields planted for winter bird food, small meadow and copses, hedgerows and grass banks
Carymoor Environmental Centre: ST617311, BA7 7NR Carymarsh Reserve: ST622310
Carymoor and Carymarsh provide a complementary mix of diverse habitats managed carefully for birds, fish, amphibians and insects as well as rare plants. Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Dabchick, swans, egrets and herons are some of the more easily seen water birds, but more unusual species like Kingfisher, sandpipers, Water Rail and many other species of waterfowl are often seen. On the fields beside a young woodland plantation, winter bird forage provides food for farmland birds bringing in huge mixed flocks of species like Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Brambling and others. Supplementary seed near the Carymarsh hide makes it an excellent venue for bird photography. The open landfill site is, with permission, excellent for gull watching and both Glaucous and Iceland Gulls have been recorded in recent winters.
Carymoor has sought to develop as wide a range of habitats as reasonably achievable across the post-landfill landscape of the Dimmer landfill site. Grasslands are predominant but woodland and wetland creation projects have also been successful. A variety of birds visit these sites over the course of a year and many remain to breed.
Despite the relatively small size of the nature reserve and the capped landfill, the area attracts more than its share of rarities: Purple Heron, Marsh Harrier and Corn Bunting are just a few of the birds to have visited. Jack Snipe appear each winter and a number of owls and raptors breed here.
Grass-snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies are easily seen from spring though to autumn.
Carymoor is best visited through the landfill access at Dimmer with parking at the Environmental Centre. Gates are usually open from 8am.
Parking for Carymarsh is at the entrance to The Drove with the hide 500m down the track on the right.
Public footpaths cross Carymoor but permission is required to walk on the cap and high vis jackets are mandatory. Wheelchair access with care.
The walk from the entrance of the Drove to Carymarsh is along a rough farm track(often wet and muddy in winter). There is no wheelchair access to the hide.
About the Site
Carymarsh Nature Reserve: