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RSPB Swell Wood Nature Reserve

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Lovely bird blind and place to walk

Pull off the highway into the parking lot and take a nice walk through the woods at Swell Wood. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Quite a remarkable experience, especially during nesting season

This is a real gem. Even if you don't know much about birds it's a fantastic opportunity to see the... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
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Part of a continuous strip of ancient woodland extending some 10 miles along the ridge from Langport to the Blackdown Hills. It has the largest colony of breeding grey herons in south-west England - more than 100 pairs and a small number of little...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
377 Swellwood House Off A Nr Yeovil, Taunton TA3 6PX, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pull off the highway into the parking lot and take a nice walk through the woods at Swell Wood. The bird blind was a large shelter with seating. Probably see some good activity in nesting season.

Thank jennifer772
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a real gem. Even if you don't know much about birds it's a fantastic opportunity to see the herons flying and nesting. Take binoculars! For access: it's pretty darn good. A short, good path from the carpark takes you to the covered, wooden...More

Thank kttravel08
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Herons galore Quite impressive But no other sightings A very up and down nature trail walk Was baking hot absolutely knackered

1  Thank davethedrill
Reviewed 19 September 2017

A smaller reserve but well worth a visit. Great for seeing Herons and if you walk the trails, a lot of different fungii can be seen.

Thank Mjcmw
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Lovely location with good views and an interesting hide. Good parking and lots of bird life. Great for children as things are easy to see

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I went hoping to see and photograph herons as this is known as a large heronry but I was unlucky not to see a single heron. I could hear them but not see them. There is a good heron hide for shelter. I saw a...More

3  Thank Sooperstar100
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Difficult one this, lovely place for a walk or bird watching but not great for bird photography. Its a bit too dark ( I know its a wood and a lot of trees that create shade ) another little grumble is the new bird hide,...More

Thank Stuart W
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We popped into the wood after driving past and seeing the sign about the herons nests. We hadn't got binoculars but could see the heron nests from the hide. Very interesting. We also went for a walk along the wildlife trail as we had our...More

Thank guineapigs13
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Amazing to see the herons nests high up in the trees, and see the young stick their heads up waiting for food. Go early, stay quiet and still and you will be rewarded.

Thank LokiLab
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I was reviewing where to take the children out and about for Easter and this walk was very well received by my 11 and 7 year old. There are 3 areas; the woodland walk, the scarp trail and the heronry hide. Both walk and trail...More

1  Thank Jennie B
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Linda T
5 August 2017|
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Response from Stuart W | Reviewed this property |
yes, I have seen a lot of dog walkers whilst there.