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Lawrence Weston Moor
view of rhyne
for 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.

What 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.

Further information

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.


  Getting there by
Bike View a location map of the reserve on the National Cycle Network website.
Public transport 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.


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Little owl


Common darter

Forgot me knot
Sam Bentley-Toon

Ragged robin

Arthur Grosset

reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 545 790
Area 11.9 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS11 0ST
(0.323 km from grid reference)