Wet meadows and an ox-bow lake, abundant in migrant and water birds, butterflies and drangonflies.

Location

Mill Ln, Bathampton, Bath BA2, UK
Bathampton
A static map of Bathampton Meadow

Know before you go

Size
10 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

A telescope is useful, as the only viewing is from the edge of the site or hide to avoid disturbing the birds.

Access

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.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July, September to November

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)