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Lawrence Weston Moor

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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Reserve information

In Lawrence Weston behind St Bede's School
Map reference
ST 547 792
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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10.73 hectares

Due to vandalism access points are difficult to negotiate. Actual site flat ground except for ditches/ryhnes. Fields are often very wet and there are no formal paths. No suitable access for pushchairs and wheelchairs
Walking information
Fields are often very wet and there are no formal paths. No sutibale access areas for pushchairs and wheelchairs
Park near to the social club on Lawrence Weston Road
Dogs must be on lead
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Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust