Trip reports

The Weston-super-Mare Weekend - another view

Thursday, 26 April 2018

We left our hotel at 9am and arrived at Ham Wall RSPB Nature Reserve a little over an hour later, following an interesting journey that included the coach back-tracking, reversing and negotiating a 90 degree bend with an on-coming car. Coach access to this reserve is not easy.

On reaching the car park, we were greeted by views of great white egret flying over the reeds.

We were also greeted by the "visitor experience" manager, who gave us a brief introduction to the reserve.

As we moved into the reserve we were met by lots of small-bird song, and views of great white egret nesting in the reeds.

Over the six hours we spent at the site, a good tally of species was recorded. The habitat included open water, reed beds, hedges, shrubs and a variety of trees. We also had good views of Glastonbury Tor.

The weather was warm and sunny for the most part.

I think for most people the star of the day was probably the great white egret, followed closely by bittern, for those who saw one. Garganey was also a special spot, and Cetti's warbler was both abundant and accommodating, giving some very good views.

In all, a very satisfactory day.

Marie Heath