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Walk with Wardens – World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2023

Join us on World Wetlands Day to discover why RSPB Ham Wall and the wider Avalon Marshes are such an important area for wildlife and encounter some of the fantastic wildlife that makes Ham Wall its home during the winter. We will be looking out for winter ducks and waders and some of the specialities of the reserve including marsh harriers, great white egrets and of course the ever-elusive bittern. With exclusive access to parts of the reserve normally closed to visitors, absorb the sights and sounds of the reedbed in winter, find the wildlife hidden within and learn more about the varied reserve management work that goes on behind the scenes.

RSPB Ham Wall is a special place teeming with amazing wildlife, panoramic views and the sound of the reeds swaying in the wind all year round. Not only that, the Avalon Marshes are one of, if not the best place in the country to see bittern, with approximately one fifth of the UK’s population of booming males recorded here in 2022. Bitterns are just one of the five heron species you might see in a day at Ham Wall – great white egret now a regular fixture, cattle egret bred here in 2017 (the first time on an RSPB reserve), grey herons nest in the reeds and little egrets can be seen fishing around the edges.

As well as the chance to see some of the fantastic wildlife that Ham Wall has to offer, you will also learn about the work the staff and volunteer team undertakes managing, surveying and protecting this special landscape and this is your opportunity to go behind the scenes to areas not normally accessible to visitors. All of this makes for an unmissable experience so why not book your place on this exclusive tour (numbers are limited) to join our wardening team today.  To book a place please click on the following link https://events.rspb.org.uk/events/20692

What makes ‘Walk with Wardens at Ham Wall’ unique?

·      Gain access to one of the UK’s best wildlife spots including areas normally inaccessible to visitors.

·      You will be led by expert local guides, who also happen to be the very people responsible for managing, surveying and protecting this wonderful landscape.

·      Learn about why and how we manage sites for wildlife.

·      Profits go straight back into wildlife conservation at the place you’ve visited.

Booking is essential. Cost per person: RSPB Member – £40.50 Non-RSPB Member - £50.50 Suitable for ages 16 + Please note that non refundable booking fees apply. Booking fees are included in the above costs. What's the refund policy? If unforeseen circumstances cause RSPB Ham Wall to cancel an event, all ticket holders will be informed, and a full refund will be issued. Please provide a valid phone number an e-mail in case we need to get hold of you urgently to update you with any changes or cancellations. Tickets are non-transferable. Please contact RSPB Ham Wall if you are unable to attend. Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date. Refunds are subject to an administration fee. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event. Please contact us at ham.wall@rspb.org.uk if you have any questions about accessibility before booking. 

Ham Wall Nature Reserve

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RSPB Optics and Clothing Optics are an important part of the walk so please bring binoculars with you and a scope if you have one. Dress appropriately for the weather and condition, including sturdy footwear. Please expect some standing about so dress in warm layers as it can be very cold out on the reserve. Wet weather gear should be brought just in case. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the tour.  The tour will leave promptly at the stated start time of 9am. We ask you to arrive at the Ham Wall Car Park 15 minutes before the start of the tour to register with staff.  Please note that the tour takes place across rough and uneven terrain, unsuitable for wheels. The tour will be at least 3 miles in length. Toilets will be available at the start and end of the tour but not during it.  Car Parking is available in the large RSPB car park but please note that car parking charges apply to non-members (£3 all day). RSPB members please display your membership card on your dashboard for free parking.                                                                                                                             Image credit: ©John Crispin