Ham Wall was once home to a peat extraction industry but now the land is a large nature reserve. Here bird scarers dangle from telephone lines to alert flying swans to danger. I saw tufted ducks, wigeon, teal, gadwall, two glossy ibises (black with curlew bills), great-crested and little grebes, marsh harriers and great white egrets. Oh, and a stonechat. The road from Wells to Glastonbury was noticeably higher than the surrounding fields: it was the old causeway.
Having had to catch a bus here yesterday, I was not impressed to learn that Wells once had three railway lines coming into it (partly because of the peat production). There used to be an enormous lake at Meare, and the coach passed the old Abbot’s Fish House, used for fish storage – a reminder of former ecclesiastical power.