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Puxton Moor
view of meadow
for skylarks and sedge warblers

Puxton Moor is set within the heart of the North Somerset Levels and Moors, and is a large area of pasture land networked with species-rich rhynes.

What to look out for

The rhynes (watery ditches) are full of rare plants such as frogbit and rootless duckweed, along with many scarce invertebrates such as hairy dragonfly and water scorpion. Reed and sedge warblers are found in the rhynes, and migrating whimbrel are often seen here in the spring.

During the spring and summer ground nesting birds such as skylark are found in the fields, and lesser whitethroat and reed bunting can be heard in areas of wet scrub. The site also contains evidence of Roman habitation and Medieval earthwork.

Further information

This site was purchased and managed through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ARC, North Somerset Council and public donation.


As well as the public footpaths that cross the reserve, there is an open access arrangement across the site. Caution - many of the rhynes are steep-sided and contain deep water.


  Getting there by
Bike View a location map of the reserve on the National Cycle Network website.
Public transport Go to www.traveline.org.uk

Travel to the A370 between the M5 J21 and Congresbury. In the village of Hewish turn onto Puxton Lane (beside the Gardening shop). Follow the lane over the low weight bridge into the village of Puxton and turn onto Puxton Road and park by the church. The reserve can be accessed from Dolemoor Lane. Parking is restricted - please do not park and block any cottage, farm or field entrances.

Puxton Lane is currently impassable due to the low weight bridge being broken, follow diversion signs from the A370.


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Brown hare

Cuckoo flower
Sam Bentley-Toon

Meadow brown

Reed bunting
Ollie Smart

Sedge warbler

Kevin Lewis

reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 413 632
Area 67.0 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS24 6TE
(0.441 km from grid reference)