Avon Wildlife Trust
An extensive network of wet meadows and reedbeds that is extremely rich in wildlife
An extensive network of wet meadows and reedbeds, Lawrence Weston Moor is a remnant of the North Somerset Levels on the edge of the city, and is extremely rich in wildlife.
The drier fields are hay meadows, where plants such as meadowsweet and pepper saxifrage are common, and they are one of the few local places where common meadow rue can still be seen. The wetter meadows have more damp-loving plants, including ragged robin, marsh marigold and creeping forget-me-not.
Large areas of the reserve are covered with reeds and rushes and are important for birds such as reed buntings and snipe. Reed and sedge warblers are also known to breed here. The drier fields are cut for hay in late summer, and the wetter ones grazed by cattle.
The old pollarded willows provide roosts for little owls and kestrels, which can be seen hunting over the fields. The rhynes (ditches) provide homes for frogs and insects, such as dragonflies. Evidence of water vole has also been recorded on this site.
Lawrence Weston Moor is leased from Bristol City Council and managed in partnership with them. It is a Local Nature Reserve.
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