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Cleeve Heronry

A small woodland, home to a large heronry, where the herons can be seen flying in and out to their fledglings.

This small woodland houses a large heronry of over 40 nests in the tops of the oak and ash trees.

The herons arrive in February and often lay their eggs in the same nests year after year. By March/April the eggs hatch, and in the early morning and evenings the adult herons can be seen flying out to their fishing grounds and returning to feed their young. The best time to see the fledglings in the nest is April, before the leaves have opened on the trees. Most have left the heronry by June.

You can watch live footage of the heron cam in Cleeve Nursery. Directions can be found here.

 

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

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Reserve information

Location
On the A370 Bristol-Weston road, behind Cleeve Nursery.
Cleeve
North Somerset
Map reference
ST 463 662
Best time to visit
Feb - May
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.11 hectares
Access
No

No access to reserve, but good viewing possible from the layby with binoculars. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
No access
Parking
Park in layby near the Post Office. Look east to view the herons.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust