Westhay Nature Reserve

I’ve been visiting Westhay Nature Reserve regularly for three years; ostensibly to photograph the wildlife. But it has always struck me that the landscape of open water, reed bed and marsh is at least as interesting as the wildlife that lives in it. The reserve was a pioneering project by Somerset Wildlife Trust, in the early 1980s. 106 hectares of old peat diggings that have been transformed into a network of open water, reed bed and the largest surviving fragment of lowland acid mire in the south west. What make the landscape so interesting for me is that it is as it would have been when the first settlers, Neolithic farmers, made the marshes their home ­- a mosaic of wetlands, lakes and reed beds alive with hidden wildfowl and fish.


In summer this mire is full of cotton grass.
One of the many alder carrs.



Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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