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Mendip Hills AONB Shapwick Heath River at Dinder Emborough Pond (Lechmere Water)
Westhay Moor Rodney Stoke Ham Wall Bridge over Mells River, Great Elm

The countryside ranges from the Somerset Levels, with their rhynes and wetlands, to the steep gorges at the edges of the Mendip Hills. There are several Nature Reserves in the area and we are building a list below. Please contact us if you know of something that we have missed. We do not charge for links to the countryside.

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Ebbor Gorge Ebbor Gorge
Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve is a largely wooded site occupying a prominent position on the southern escarpment of the Mendip Hills.It is part of the Mendip Woodlands Special Area of Conservation.
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Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor
Visible for miles around the Tor continues to attract visitros. It is a steep climb but worth it for the panoramic views. The Tor is managed by the National Trust and open 365 days a year.
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Ham Wall Ham Wall
Here you can enjoy a newly created wetland, which provides a safe home for many rare species including water voles and otters. In spring the reedbeds are alive with birdsong and in autumn you can see kingfishers flashing up and down the ditches. Bitterns are seen regularly all year round. The nearest town is Glastonbury.
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Mendip Hills AONB Mendip Hills
An area of outstanding Natural Beauty. Stretching eastward from the Bristol Channel, the imposing 300m ridge of the Mendips rises, like a rampart above the Somerset Levels. The landscape's distinctive silver-grey crags, gorges, dry valleys and rock outcrops show unmistakably that this is carboniferous limestone country. Sink holes and depressions pockmark the surface and chemical action on the rock has produced spectacular underground caves.
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Rodney Stoke Rodney Stoke
An ash/lime woodland on the southern scarp of the Mendip Hills. The woodland is in two separate blocks (Big Stoke and Little Stoke) linked by an area of abandoned fields which has turned to scrub.The site has an abundance of small-leaved lime, all of which is of coppice origin.
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Shapwick Heath Shapwick Heath
A major wetland reserve forming a large part of the Avalon Marshes. It boasts a wide variety of habitats, including traditionally managed herb-rich grassland, ferny wet woodland, fen, scrub, and ditches rich in aquatic plants and invertebrates. Otters, as well as many insects, plants and birds, populate the whole area. Small pockets of sphagnum moss, which once covered the whole valley floor, can also be found.
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Westhay Moor Westhay Moor
The National Nature Reserve consists mainly of restored peat fields and water-filled compartments containing islands with areas of reeds and bulrushes. There are areas of poor fen and also an old fragment of acid mire that is being restored. Westhay Moor is north of Westhay village , 5 km north west of Glastonbury. There is a car park on the reserve, adjacent to Westhay Moor Drove.
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Wildlife Trusts Somerset

Wildlife Trusts Nature Reserves
A guide to Nature Reserves in Somerset.
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wooded walk Walks in the Mendip Area
The Mendip Rural Walks leaflets are on sale for 50p each at all Tourist Information Centres in Mendip. The Mendip Council website has an introduction to each of the Rural Walks leaflets.
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