meadowsweet and snipe
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.
to look out for
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.
Lawrence Weston Moor is leased from
Bristol City Council and managed in partnership with
them. It is a Local Nature Reserve.
Fields are often very wet and there
are no formal paths.
||View a location map of the
reserve on the National
Cycle Network website.
||Go to www.traveline.org.uk
Travel to Lawrence Weston in Bristol and onto Long Cross Road. Follow the road until you reach St Bede's Catholic School and turn onto Lawrence Weston Road. Park near to the social club and follow the track alongside the allotments. The Reserve can be accessed through the security gates.