Harridge Woods nature reserve is home to Somerset Wildlife Trust’s award winning bat house. Restored from a tumble down cottage by volunteers and staff, Keeper’s Cottage is home to at least seven different bat species including the Lesser Horseshoe, Brown Long-eared, Natterers, Daubenton, Pipistrelle sp and Greater Horseshoe bats. A rare Barbastelle bat was also found using the cottage as refuge from freezing winter temperatures.
A rich variety of woodland birds can be spied amongst the trees including great spotted and green woodpecker, nuthatch and goldcrest. Song thrushes can be heard singing and sparrow hawk, kestrel, buzzard and raven nest in the woods. The Mells River and streams attract kingfisher, mallard, moorhen, grey heron, grey wagtail and dipper.
You may also catch a glimpse of water voles or otters travelling the Mells River that flows through the reserve.
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