The Somerset Levels

Marsh Harrier

RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath NNR – pure magic. I’ve said before: these two, plus Catcott Lows and Westhay Moor, form a complex that’s becoming as irresistible as Norfolk. Yesterday the magic continued with high-flying bitterns, and plenty of boomers, displaying marsh harriers, the long-staying great egret, scads of Cetti’s warblers, early arriving whitethroats and my first sedge warblers of the year.

Add a strong supporting cast of little egret, water rails, black-tailed godwits, willow warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps. Stir in the usual suspects. Voila! Magnifique. And the weather was stupendous too. I can still feel my face glowing.

So, thank you, all the people whose hard work is restoring the Levels to their former glory.

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