The Catcott nature reserve complex to the north of the village is a Site of Special Scientific Interest within a Special Protection Area.

Hide at Catcott Nature Reserve
Hide at Catcott reserve

The reserve is managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. Water levels are carefully controlled to provide an internationally important environment for wintering birds and spring passage. In summer the fields are allowed to dry so that cattle can graze the fields creating the conditions vital for wintering and breeding birds.

Boardwalk at Catcott reserve
Boardwalk at Catcott reserve

There are hides for observing the wildlife and a boardwalk is being constructed to aid access. More


Close by is the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England. In winter it’s one of the best places in England to see huge flocks of starlings come in to roost. Sixty four different species of birds nest at Shapwick, more than 27 species of butterflies have been observed in summer while 24 different mammals live on the heath including water voles and otters. More

Catcott Nature Reserves

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