Wild Weekends with Avon Wildlife Trust in 2014

Thursday 10th April 2014

Celebrating the UK’s natural treasures in 2014, Avon Wildlife Trust is promoting a series of wild weekends to encourage people to explore nature reserves close to home.

Avon Wildlife Trust is one of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK, which care for 2,300 nature reserves, and are championing themed Wildlife Weekends.

19 - 20 April Our Woodland Wildlife
14 - 15 June Our Meadow Wildlife
12 - 13 July Our Garden Wildlife
26 July - 10 August Our Marine Wildlife: National Marine Week
6 - 7 September Our Wetland Wildlife

Explore the Trust's woodlands across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Popular woodland reserves include Willsbridge Valley near Longwell Green; Prior's Wood in Portbury; Lower Woods in South Gloucestershire; Weston Big Wood near Clevedon; Brown's Folly near Bath; and Folly Farm in the Chew Valley. Expect plenty of birdsong and carpets of bluebells.

The best Trust reserves for wildflower meadows include Brandon Hill, Royate Hill and Stockwood Open Space in Bristol; Netcott's Meadow in Nailsea, which was chosen as a Coronation Meadow for the Queen's jubilee; Goblin Combe near Backwell; Folly Farm and Burledge Hill in the Chew Valley; or Hellenge Hill and Walborough near Weston-super-Mare.

Be inspired by some of the top wildlife gardening tips on the Trust's website and by the Trust's Feed Bristol site in Stapleton and Feed Folly in the Chew Valley to turn your garden into a wildlife haven.

The Trust's Feed Bristol site, in Stapleton, will be running a special My Garden Wildlife event from 12noon to 4pm on 12 July. Celebrate garden wildlife and enjoy the site as it buzzes with activities and family fun! The event is free, but donations are welcome.

Explore the beaches in North Somerset, and see what you can find in the rock pools.

And go on a walk, and spend some time in the bird hides at Portbury Wharf nature reserve, near Portishead, which is home to owls, bats, and water voles.

Portbury Wharf and Folly Farm nature reserves both have Access for All paths.

The Wildlife Trusts care for 2,300 nature reserves all over the UK – these include beautiful heathlands, meadows, ancient woodlands, islands, beaches, moorland and mountains – and the range of events hosted at these wild places is just as varied.

Image: Tom Marshall