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Clapton Moor

An important moor for its breeding waders and wintering wildfowl

Set within the Gordano Valley, Clapton Moor is characteristic of the North Somerset Levels landscape. Networked with species-rich rhynes (watery ditches), the moor is important for its breeding waders and wintering wildfowl.



During the spring and summer, the wet fields of the moor attract breeding lapwing, redshank and snipe. Buzzard, peregrine and hobby have been recorded over the reserve, the latter often chasing some of the many swallows, martins and swifts that feed over the grassland.


Barn owl feeding corridors (areas of long grass with a large population of small rodents) have been created along the boundaries of the most southerly fields to attract this secretive bird of prey back to the area.


The grassland areas are kept wet by water level control structures in the rhynes, allowing the site to maintain a high water table during the summer months. During the winter the reserve is deliberately flooded to attract flocks of wildfowl and wadersThe rhynes are full of many rare plants such as frogbit, greater spearwort and fen pondweed. Look out for hairy dragonfly and ruddy darter.


This site was purchased and managed through support from Heritage Lottery Fund, YANSEC, Countryside Agency, Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Ritchie Charitable Trust and public donation.


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Reserve information

Near to the village of Clapton-in-Gordano, off Clevedon Lane, opposite New Farm.
North Somerset
Map reference
ST 458 735
Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Oct - Feb
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40.40 hectares

Flat ground except for ditches/ryhnes. Access to hide along path. Access is restricted to the path that leads to the hide, which gives excellent views over the moor. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Access is restricted to the path that leads to the hide, which gives excellent views over the moor.
Small car park near reserve entrance, keep gate closed
Dogs must be on lead
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Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
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