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Bridgwater Bay

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Bridgwater Bay is a large area of mud flats in the Severn Estuary. It is just across the estuary from Burnham-On-Sea but is closer to the village of Steart.

The area consists of the Steart Marshes reserve which forms the majority of the inland side of the peninsula. About half way along the road is a large car park with walks extending out around the marshes area with bird hides. The Steart Marshes area is run by WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust).

Continuing along the road nearly to the end there is another smaller car park with a track out to the Severn estuary side of the peninsula with more bird hides and the observation tower. Most of the estuary sand banks and mud flats are part of the Bridgwater Bay National Nature reserve which is run by Natural England.

When visiting for any of the reserves and looking for birds it is best to check the tide times and pick a day and time where the waters are receeding. During this time the birds flock to the receeding waters edge to feed. When the tide is out the birds settle to rest in areas that are less visible.

The area has numerous rarities including the first UK nesting stilts. Peregrines and Harriers are also seen especially during winter months.

Photos relating to the Bridgwater Bay NNR reserve can be found here.

 
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