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Shapwick Heath

Shapwick Heath

Habitat: Reedbed, open water, wader scrape, damp broadleaf woodland, wet meadows, scrub

Ashcott Corner: ST449395, BA6 9SX Avalon Marshes Centre: ST425415, BA6 9TT

  • Directions

    Access is from the A39 Bridgwater–Glastonbury road or the B3151. For Ashcott Corner turn north off the A39 through Ashcott village (a bit fiddly – follow signs for Meare) or south off the B3151 at Meare. Follow brown signs for Shapwick Heath NNR from either road for the Avalon Marshes Centre, between Shapwick and Westhay villages.

  • Accessibility

    Open access all year. Ashcott Corner car park is open at all times, Avalon Marshes Centre 10am-5pm. Main track is wide, flat gravel, but paths to some hides (e.g. Decoy and Noah’s Hides) are on peat, so uneven and muddy in places. Toilets at Centre and Ham Wall car park.

    As of 14 November 2016 alongside the RSPB at Ham Wall, Natural England will introduce a parking fee. It will be £1.50 for the first two hours and £3.00 for the day.  They also propose to introduce an annual pass for the Ashcott Corner car park for regular users.  The annual pass will be £30.00 for a full year.  Parking will be free for blue badge holders. Visitors to the western end of the reserve will still be able to park for free at the Avalon Marshes Centre. For further details including annual passes please contact: The Senior Reserve Manager on 01458 860120

  • About the Site

    National Nature reserve owned and managed by Natural England. Local team based at Avalon Marshes Centre.
    Phone: 01458 860120
    Twitter: @NESouthWest
    Avalon Marshes - Shapwick

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