The Future of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Avon Wildlife Trust wants to see the best outcome for wildlife in the Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve and remains willing to offer support to the Council for future management of the site.

Avon Wildlife Trust welcomes the publication of the report on the adoption of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve land. While a number of options were considered, the decision has been taken that the responsibility for management of the site will now pass to North Somerset Council.

Since the creation of the site in 2008, Avon Wildlife Trust has worked alongside many local partners and stakeholders in the interest of wildlife at Portbury Wharf. The Trust, along with the Friends of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve, have helped to provide an invaluable wetland habitat for rare species such as water vole and otter. Invertebrates like the hairy dragonfly can be seen here and the greater horseshoe bat can be found hunting for insects. The Portbury Wharf model has been nationally acclaimed, and the value of engaging local residents with the site added to the pioneering impact of this site for people and wildlife. The Trust is immensely proud of these achievements and grateful to local residents for their support on the Reserve. 


In the many months preceding this report, Avon Wildlife Trust made it clear that we were willing to work with the North Somerset Council to secure the best outcome for wildlife in the Reserve. The Trust maintains this position and remains willing to offer support to the Council for its future management of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.