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Thursday 1st September 2011, 18:12
There appears to be a nice selection of birds at Shapwick/meare heath. Does anyone know how to get there by public transport? I will be coming from London and will only consider using one bus and up to 40 mins walk to the reserve.

Many thanks,


Thursday 1st September 2011, 20:05
The Pectoral Sandpiper and Spotted Crake are both on the drained lagoon at Meare Heath. You would need to get off the bus at Ashcott on the A39 and walk along the road to Meare. The entrance to the Reserve is about half way along this minor road and it is probably about thirty minutes walk. There is a bus from Bridgwater to Street that stops at Ashcott: http://www.webberbus.com/index.php?content=results
The Spotted Crake showed early this morning but not again until mid afternoon although the Pec was on view all day. Roger

Thursday 1st September 2011, 20:23
I think it is too far, too expensive (trains to bridgwater are 60 return!!) and too complicated. Thanks for your help anyway.

Thursday 1st September 2011, 20:26
I think you made the right decision Oliver. Roger

Friday 2nd September 2011, 09:12
It may be worth looking at National express coaches as I know that they run a regular service from London to Bridgwater, and are much cheaper than the train.

Saturday 3rd September 2011, 07:40
You've hit the biggest problem with the Levels: they're in a public transport black hole. Even Chew is easier to get to!