Opened in 1869 and closed in 1965 the Cheddar Valley Railway has been reclaimed by nature. Part of the reserve is within the Biddle Street SSSI designated for the wealth of wildlife found in the network of rhynes and ditches. Elsewhere the dense scrub encourages birds such as Nightingales to nest on the former railway banks and in summer bats patrol for insects. Areas of rough ground are home to amphibians and reptiles and you may see grass snakes or slow worms basking in the sun.
Silver Street Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a 2 hectare site on the edge of Midsomer Norton. Overall it is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council with the woodland leased to the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway Trust and the meadow in the stewardship of Somervale School.
It consists of semi-natural broadleaved woodland with several springs arising, a pond, and woodland ground flora including bluebells; and an adjacent field which is grassland.
The site has open access throughout with one surfaced path through the woodland that has been created by the railway trust. The site is on the hillside with some steep slopes and therefore does not current have access for all.
There is an active Friends group for the site who meet regularly. If you would like more information or would like to get involved please contact us via the details below.