Chard Nature Reserve
The Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve is partly within the Chaffcombe Parish Boundary and Chaffcombe Parish Council are involved in the decisions affecting this reserve.
Chard Reservoir has a diverse mixture of habitats, including open water, reed beds, meadows, and woodland with many different tree species. These attract a wide range of birds and other wildlife. There is a boardwalk which borders the reservoir, but it is not possible to walk the whole way around the water without using the road as some of the reservoir is privately owned.
The paths are suitable for most wheelchairs and buggies, and there is a bird hide overlooking the reservoir with up-to-date bird records. For more information about the site including a map, download the Chard Reservoir leaflet.http://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/environment/countryside/country-parks-and-spaces/chard-reservoir/
Dogs are allowed on site, but are restricted to certain areas in order to protect the wildlife – there are clear signs showing where dogs are not allowed.
To get to Chard reservoir, turn off down Oaklands Avenue from the A30 (East Street) and park in the free car park at the end of the road.
all images © Lewis Bates