NATURE RESERVE

enjoy nature at Carymarsh

 

Somerset has a wide variety of natural habitats, but you don’t have to go far from the cottages to enjoy nature. We have created a small wetland nature reserve on the farm, just a short walk from the cottages, where you can enjoy nature from the comfort of a small hide. Carymarsh is a lovely place to visit, especially in the early morning or evening, when you never know what might turn up. We have watched foxes and barn owls at twilight and roe deer wandering past the hide, and although we haven’t yet seen badgers we know they are frequent visitors from the prominent ‘badger paths’ crossing the reserve and the footprints they leave in the mud.

Carymarsh is also home to a wide variety of birds, fish, amphibians and insects. Mallards, coots, moorhens, dabchicks, swans, egrets and herons are some of the more easily seen water birds, but more unusual species like kingfishers, sandpipers, water-rails and many species of waterfowl are often seen. Grass-snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies are easily seen from spring though to autumn.

Next to the wetland we are creating a small woodland and each year we plant a 1 hectare glade in the woodland with winter bird forage to provide food for farmland birds. As a result huge mixed flocks of species like chaffinches, reed buntings, yellowhammers and others abound in the winter months.

Despite the relatively small size of our nature reserve, we seem to attract more than our share of rarities; purple heron, marsh harrier and corn buntings are just a few of the birds to have visited us, and we are hoping for more over time.

Definitely check out the beautiful nature reserve, amazing to see such unspoilt nature with not a soul in sight! Cosy cottage, very kid & puppy friendly. Thanks Dave & Helen!