Jeff Bevan
Landscape and Nature Photographs from around Somerset

SWT Reserves

Living between the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels I have access to a great variety of Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves. On these reserves there is something to visit all year - Starlings on the levels in winter, spring flowers and summer butterflies on the limestone grasslands, an autumn colour in the woodlands.

All the reserves have public access except Chancellors Farm.

Babcary Meadows

Babcary Meadows

A bit off the beaten track Babcary Meadows are a rare patch of traditionally managed unimproved neutral grasslands. These meadows are a short distance from by daily commuting route across Somerset. View Album

Black Rock

Black Rock

The car park at Black Rock has provided the starting point for many family walks across the Mendip Hills to Cheddar, or along to Velvet Bottom and Longwood. View Album

Chancellors Farm

Chancellor's Farm

I visit to the farm to attend reserve manager meetings. Normally there is no public access Chancellor's Farm so look out for public open days. View Album

Cook's Field

Cooks Fields

These fields are mainly unimproved grassland with limestone outcrops. Exposed on the Mendip scarp this reserve has fantastic views across the levels. View Album

Draycott

Draycott Sleights

The Sleights is famous for its limestone grasslands, panoramic views, and its line of beech trees that are visible for miles around. View Album

BG Gruffy

GB Gruffy

This reserve that streams that disappear into swallets, collapsed caves, old mineshafts, and bluebells that grow in the open rather than in woodland.View Album

Lynchcombe

Lynchcombe

This south-west facing reserve is divided by a steep sided woodland valley - the combe. This reserve has some of the best views in Somerset. View Album

Long Wood

Long Wood

Long Wood is an ancient woodland valley high up in the Mendip Hills. In spring there are spectacular carpets of bluebells and wild garlic. Just outside the wood is a bank rich in orchids. View Album

Kings Castle Wood

King's Castle Wood

Bluebells in the recently cleared hazel coppice, and paths through autumn colours up to the an ancient iron age hill fort on the outskirts of Wells.View Album

Tor Hole Fields

Tor Hole Fields

A tiny patch of grassland hidden in the Mendip Hills near Chewton Mendip. View Album

Ubley Warren

Ubley Warren

High up in the Mendip Hills this reserve is scared with the rakes of its lead mining past.View Album

Velvet Bottom

Velvet Bottom

A series of fields stepping up from Black Rock towards Charterhouse. This grassland is rich in archaeology as well as plants.View Album

Westhay

Westhay

The Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve at Westhay is an interesting habitat of reed beds and water channels, providing the perfect home for many wetland species. View Album

Yarley

Yarley Fields

These fields are full of flowers, grasshoppers and crickets during spring. The lower vantage point provides opportunities for a closer view across the Levels than from up on the Mendips.View Album


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