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Blake's Pools

A wetland reserve of international importance for birds

Over 100 species of bird have been sighted here and shelduck, redshank and lapwing often nest on the reserve. During periods of low tide the expansive areas of mud attract birds such redshank, little grebe and little egret. The two shallower pools attract wading birds, especially green and common sandpipers during spring and autumn. The highlight of winter is the variety of wildfowl that feeds here, including smew, scaup and black-necked grebe. The walk to the reserve can be very good for waders and migrant birds - in winter, thousands of dunlin may be seen along this stretch of coast. Barn owls have also reguarly inhabited the reserve. The reserve is owned by the Environment Agency and leased by the Trust. It forms part of the Severn Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and RAMSAR site.

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Reserve information

On the Severn estuary coast, south of Clevedon and north of Weston-super-Mare
Kingston Seymour
Map reference
ST 369 665
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Oct - Feb
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7.97 hectares
Permit required

Permit required, please contact the Trust. Access via seawall only, can be affected by tides. Viewing only through hide, telescope useful. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Access via seawall only, can be effected by tides. Viewing only through hide, telescope useful.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust