There are many activities you can do in the great outdoors, especially in Somerset and the surrounding areas. The beautiful outdoor spaces are waiting to be explored, and if you are an avid bird watcher, there is even more reason to explore.

This blog will share with you some locations in Somerset you can venture to go bird watching when you are staying at the Apple Tree Hotel.

Steart Marshes

If you are an avid bird watcher looking for the perfect place to spot some wildlife, then head to the Steart Marshes. The Steart Marshes are working wetlands, which is a thriving nature reserve. The position of the Marshes attracts migrating birds, so you can spot different wildlife all year round. Bird watchers have recorded seeing birds such as the Pectoral Sandpiper, the Lesser Yellowlegs, the Kentish Plover and the Glossy Ibis in the Steart Marshes.

Avalon Marshes

The Avalon Marshes is also a wetland paradise for different types of wildlife. The watery landscape, combined with agricultural fields is the perfect location for any bird watcher. You might catch a glimpse of a variety of birds, from the Bittern to the Marsh Harrier and the Great White Egret. The Avalon Marshes covers over 3,700 acres and offers bird watchers a chance to see wildlife that they will rarely see anywhere else. Nature reserves in this area include Shapwick Heath, Ham Wall, Huntspill River and Catcott Complex, to name a few.

Sutton’s Pond

Located in Bridgwater, Somerset, Sutton’s Pond consists mostly of reed beds and open water. Great Crested Grebe has nested on the pond in the year. Kingfishers have also been spotted during summer and even winter. Other birds spotted at Sutton’s Pond include House Martins, Swallows, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers. This nature reserve covers over 7 acres and is a relaxing place to walk around the trails while bird watching.


The final location on our list is Greylake, which is located in Bridgwater as well. This location is home to many different birds, including the Marsh Harrier, Reed Bunting and Yellow Wagtail. You might even spot other local residents, including the Lapwing, Snipe nesting and Redshank, to name a few.

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Enjoy your time at any of these locations and then come back to the Apple Tree Hotel to have a cosy night before heading back out. Contact a member of the Apple Tree Hotel team to book your room today.