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Bathampton Meadow

Man-made wet meadows and an ox-bow lake; abundant in migrant birds and drangonflies

This reserve was created in 1996 to provide additional flood relief for the A46 Bathampton bypass, these wet meadows and the oxbow lake have proved particularly attractive to a number of migrant birds.

 

The site is good for migrant water birds, with waders such as dunlin, ringed and little ringed plover, and green and common sandpiper which are attracted to the muddy margins in spring and autumn. Sand martin and kingfisher have been seen regularly by the oxbow, and other migrant birds include yellow wagtail, whinchat and hobby. Small blue butterfly has been recorded here. The site provides an ideal environment for a range of dragonfly and damselfly visiting in high numbers.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Brown's Folly
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Willsbridge Valley
7 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Conigre Mead
8 miles - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Between the villages of Bathampton and Batheaston, next to the river Avon.
Bathampton
Avon
Map reference
ST 782 670
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
9.57 hectares
Access
Permit required

Permit required, please contact the Trust. A telescope is useful, as the only viewing is from the edge of the site or hide to avoid disturbing the birds. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
A telescope is useful, as the only viewing is from the edge of the site or hide to avoid disturbing the birds.
Parking
Contact the Trust. There is no access to this reserve via cars, there is parking on the verge next to site.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust