Set amidst the beautiful and unique Somerset Moors, renowned for its wetlands and wildlife, the village of Godney (God’s Isle) stands along the banks of the River Sheppey. This is an ancient and fragile landscape steeped in history, archaeology and wildlife. It is central to four National Nature Reserves in a wetland area of international importance and is part of the National Cycle Network. Examples of wildlife commonly seen in the area include buzzard, roe deer, lapwing, otter, grey heron, barn owl, great white egret, kingfisher, marsh harrier, swallow, starling, fieldfare and nesting swans.
Dominating the skyline in this part of the beautiful county of Somerset you will find dramatic Glastonbury Tor.
In Glastonbury, history, myth and legend combine in such a way that most visitors cannot fail to feel the “vibes” and powerful atmosphere of the town. For not only is Glastonbury the cradle of Christianity in England but is also reputed to be the burial place of King Arthur.
ANCIENT CITY OF WELLS
An ancient cathedral city – the smallest in England – Wells is situated in the beautiful district of Mendip in the heart of rural Somerset.
It is names after the wells, once believed to have curative powers, which are to be found in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace and the cathedral, with a third now providing a prominent monument in the imposing market square.
It is known that the wells have been at the centre of spiritual interest for a very long time, excavations suggesting that ancient religious buildings existed there from early historic times. The Romans built a road through
Wells on the way to Bristol and the city therefore became a small Roman settlement.
MURMERATIONS & THE LEVELS
Many of you have been reporting seeing huge starling murmurations already this year. For the unitiated, murmurations are when flocks of starlings come together around dusk wheeling and turning to create amazing shapes across the early evening sky.