Tealham Moor awaits

We are really looking forward to welcoming some winter guests to Somerset Birdwatching Holidays later this week. While the weather forecast is looking somewhat chilly we have prepared a target birdlist of around 90 species.

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Graeme Mitchell
Jack Snipe

Tempting though it is to stay in bed on a damp, dark Saturday morning, when the alarm went off at 7.30 I was happy to get up, dressed and ready. Most Saturday mornings during the year Graeme and I go birding – and, although it is always easier to get up early in spring and summer, winter has its wonders too.

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Graeme Mitchell
Huntspill

Patch No. 2 is at the meeting of three rivers. 

We are spoilt really. We have the estuaries of the River Parrett, the Huntspill River and the River Brue all meeting the Bristol Channel at Bridgewater Bay National Nature Reserve within a mile of each other. For an area so close to a major motorway and some sizeable towns, this is really quite an unexpected wild stretch of England’s coast. 

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Graeme Mitchell
The Patch

All keen birdwatchers have a ‘Patch’. A patch of ground where one goes regularly to watch birds. A place to study the change in seasons and how the birdlife shares the habitat throughout the year.

We are lucky, we have two ‘Patches’ - one in the heart of the Somerset Levels, a classic mixture of blocks of reed beds, water and mixed woodland. The other is coastal, a wild strip of tidal margin and river estuaries. It is at the meeting of two rivers; the Brue and the Parrett, as they flow into Bridgewater Bay National Nature Reserve on the southern side of the Bristol Channel.

We know them as ‘The Patch’ and ‘The Brue’.

 

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Graeme Mitchell