Spindlewood Lodges is situated in an area rich with wildlife. Badgers, deer, squirrels and rabbits are all seen regularly although the glimpse of a fox is rare - they all seem to have left the countryside for the towns!
It is also an excellent base for spotting bird life. A regular visitor at twilight is the barn owl, swooping over the long grass in search of some tea. Little owls are also regular visitors and have been spotted perching on the lodge roofs during the day.
Buzzards, kestrels and woodpeckers are just a few of the other birds regularly spotted around the lodges.
Spindlewood is located close to both the Mendip Hills and the Somerset levels. We have included a list of nearby nature reserves offering both good walks as well as the opportunity to see some of our local wildlife.
Nearby Nature Reserves
Ebbor Gorge - woodland walk with excellent spring flowers, summer butterflies and autumn colour. Limestone outcrops and towering cliffs surround the gorge.
RSPB Ham Wall Wetlands - home to water voles, otters, bitterns and kingfishers. From October to January see the huge starling roosts dancing in the sky.
Shapwick Heath - a major wetland nature reserve (400ha) of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The reserve is a haven for wildlife and a monument to the history and culture of Neolithic man, who came to this area 6000 years ago and made this their tribal homeland.
Westhay Moor - on a bright, crisp day Westhay Moor is a beautiful place to explore with its shimmering lakes and reed beds, birds singing and signs of spring all around.
Kings Castle Wood - the ancient iron age hill fort reserve of King's Castle Wood is a peaceful haven packed with wild flowers in spring and summer and just a walk away from the beautiful historic city of Wells, the smallest city in England.
The local Tourist Information centre has many local walk leaflets and is always happy to assist you when deciding on the areas you wish to visit locally.