En­joy a quiet lake­side and wood­land ram­ble

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PETE HACK­ETT

KEMERTON LAKE NA­TURE Re­serve is the flag­ship re­serve of the Kemerton Con­ser­va­tion Trust. At about 18 hectares, this for­mer gravel work­ings of­fers a pleas­ant ram­ble in this rather se­cluded set­ting, nestling within the shad­ows of Bre­don Hill. A good va­ri­ety of birds have been recorded at the re­serve, in­clud­ing breeding Pochard, Oys­ter­catcher and pas­sage Garganey and in­creas­ingly Lit­tle Egret, while it is also an ex­cel­lent site for win­ter­ing wild­fowl and an im­por­tant county site for Snipe and par­tic­u­larly Jack Snipe, al­though the lat­ter are harder to see. The re­serve hosts an im­pres­sive roost of sev­eral thou­sand Star­lings which con­gre­gate in the reedbed at dusk. The site is also no­table for drag­on­flies and dam­sel­flies, with about 23 species recorded, while the var­ied flora in­cludes lo­cal rar­i­ties such as Clus­tered Bellflower, Sea Club-rush and Au­tumn Lady’stresses. Bats, in­clud­ing Lesser Horse­shoe, are also present, while the sight of an Ot­ter is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity, so keep a look out. En­joy the sur­rounds, but re­mem­ber, dogs are not al­lowed on the pri­vate parts of the re­serve.

Barn Owl

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