Posted By The Bower Inn

Breaks for the birders, trips for twitchers....

We're encouraging fledging twitchers and birders looking for a new stomping to fly west to us in Somerset this spring and summer.

The Quantocks, Mendips, Somerset Levels and coastline are all perfect places for those taking-up birdwatching and we're fast gaining a reputation as the place to stay too.

Our home town of Bridgwater is sited on the tidal river Parrett, nestled between the picturesque Mendip and Quantock Hills and the Somerset Levels, and is a great base for birders.

Not far from here are a whole host of places of interest to visit including Greylake RSPB reserve (Grid reference: ST399346), which provides a short, easy walk with seats and the opportunity to get close to wetland wildlife.

At Greylake you can see thousands of wigeons, teals and shovelers roosting, while peregrines, marsh harriers and hen harriers swoop about causing havoc among the ducks and waders.

And then there's Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. More than 60 different species of birds nest here including Cetti's warbler and great-crested grebes.

We've also got West Sedgemoor on our doorstep, which is part of England's largest remaining wet meadow system. Set among the Somerset Levels and Moors, it has the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds such as lapwings, snipe, curlew and redshanks in southern England.

Another nearby attraction is Steart Marshes, which is the first of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's Working Wetlands - places that demonstrate how wetlands are productive and useful.

As well as being a natural buffer against flooding, it is farmed for specialist saltmarsh lamb and beef, its creeks are a nursery for the fry of important fish stocks, and it is absorbing tonnes of climate-polluting carbon as it matures.

We're very well placed for anyone wishing to use us as a base for visiting all these splendid spots. We can provide a hearty breakfast to set them up for the day and an equally generous evening meal, plus a deep bath and a comfy bed they can retire to after a hard in the hide.

Being a country pub, restaurant and luxury boutique hotel, we're open throughout the week and serve quality seasonal food sourced from nearby.

We've spent the past five years refurbishing and revitalising the inn's fortunes. We now have 16 beautiful and individual hotel rooms that are all comfortable and inviting.

We are committed to using, wherever possible, seasonal and local produce from the best local suppliers giving us great food for our diners and guests to enjoy. Our bees work hard to make honey, we get our eggs from the farm next door and for anyone who stays with us overnight they can breakfast on our homemade vegetarian sausages or superb pork ones from a local butcher, among many other treats.

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