Posted By Porcupine PR

Time for a birding break.

Not far from us are a whole host of places of interest for birders to visit including Greylake RSPB reserve (Grid reference: ST399346), which provides a short, easy walk with seats and the opportunity to get close to wetland wildlife.

Here you can see thousands of wigeons, teals and shovelers roosting, while peregrines, marsh harriers and hen harriers swoop about causing havoc among the ducks and waders.

There's also Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve, where you can see more than 60 different species of birds. Those that nest here include Cetti's warbler and great-crested grebes. It's also a haven for many other examples of wonderful winged wildlife. There are an abundance of dragonflies and butterflies in the summer months including the impressive White Admiral.

Meanwhile, another nearby attraction is Steart Marshes, which is the first of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's Working Wetlands. This is an area that demonstrates how wetlands can be productive and useful.

As well as being a natural buffer against flooding, it is farmed for specialist saltmarsh lamb and beef, its creeks are a nursery for the fry of important fish stocks, and, as it matures, it is absorbing tonnes of climate-polluting carbon.

But if your bird watching is confined more to the garden varieties, then our pretty garden attracts lots of different species too. Happy watching!

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