West Bexington Nature Reserve
A small coastal reserve, offering a welcome resting place for a wide range of migrant bird species, and a permanent home for a host of interesting wildlife.
Nestled behind the shingle beach, our West Bexington reserve includes a stretch of reedbed with grazing marsh and mixed coastal scrub behind, and is joinly managed with a local farmer. As well as grazing to keep the wet grassy meadows in good condition we cut the reedbeds and scrub blocks on rotation to maintain a diversity of age growth and structure. Along with the surrounding sympathetically managed land this area offers a first resting and re-fueling point for arriving migrant birds as well as the resident wetland and scrub species such as Cetti's warbler, reed bunting, and linnet. The scrub also provides for habitat for dormouse and shelter for reptiles while the reedbed and ditches support water vole, great-crested newt and a good range of dragonflies.
The reserve also includes the section of shingle directly in front of the reedbed.
Take the road for West Bexington & The Manor Hotel opposite the Bull Inn on the B3157 coast road at Swyre, (about 7 miles east of Bridport). Follow road for a mile to its end at the (fee paying) public car park & head west along a footpath over the shingle beach to the reserve entrance over a small bridge.
Access and safety
The reserve is easily reached but walking on the shingle is not easy. There are no marked paths but visitors may wonder through the open areas of the reserve. A circuit of the fields can be achieved but the ground is likely to be very wet during the winter or after a heavy rain.
Please be aware that winter storms can cause flooding and that there are a network of ditches on site which may be hidden by tall vegetation in the growing season. Livestock on site for parts of the year and adders may be present - please see the Visitor Information page for more information on this and other general countryside hazards.
Species and habitats
Shingle, reedbed, grazing marsh, coastal scrub.
Cetti's warbler, reed warbler, reed bunting, dormouse, water vole, blackthorn, southern marsh orchid, yellow horned poppy, abundant lichens on the wind pruned scrub.
Nearby nature reserves
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