Sunday 1st September 2024, 11:00am-1:00pm

Catcott Lows (SWT Reserve)


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Catcott Lows

Catcott is owned by Somerset Wildlife Trust and is an amazing mosaic of traditional hay meadows, wet woodland and marshy land, which encourages a vast range of species to visit or live there all the year round.

We will start the walk at the main bird hide and have a quick look to see if there is anything of interest there; we will then walk around the reserve looking mainly for butterflies but also for any other late summer wildlife. In 2022 there were several Clouded Yellows on the reserve but this is a migrant species and may not appear every year!

Clouded Yellow (upperwing) - Mark Joy
Clouded Yellow

Walk Leader: Alison Uren

Target species:  Late summer species

Directions:   Meet in the SWT Reserve carpark at ST 400 417 (down the track near the birdhide) which is reached via the minor road between Catcott and Burtle. (The track leading to the car park is not suitable for low ground clearance vehicles)

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Nearest toilets:  Avalon Marshes centre  (W3W: ///punters.driver.improve)  (Avalon Marshes Centre website)

Information that applies to all our guided walks

  • New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details (email and/or phone) are on the left hand side of this event page.
  • There is no charge for the walks. Children and beginners are especially welcome.
  • Butterfly Conservation members from other branch areas are welcome to join us.
  • No dogs please as some of the sites have livestock on them.
  • Except where indicated, all walks start promptly at 11.00 am; please take care to arrive in good time.  They are taken at an easy pace and we aim to finish around 1.00 - 1.30 pm.
  • Many sites include steep, rough or wet ground so stout shoes, boots or wellies are recommended. Please inform the walk leader if you have health problems that might affect you on the walk.
  • Please be aware of the growing risk of Lyme Disease and take appropriate precautions against ticks. (click here for more information about ticks and Lyme disease)
  • If the weather is wet or unseasonably cold and dull, the walk will be cancelled. If you have a query about the walk please phone the Walk Leader.