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Portbury Wharf

Invaluable wetland habitat for rare species such as water vole and otter

Portbury Wharf lies on the land between Portishead and Royal Portbury Dock, adjacent to the Severn Estuary. Planning consent for the Port Marine housing development here was granted on condition that the developers designate a nature reserve on the adjoining land.

Large pools close to the foreshore of the estuary and the other areas of open water in the reserve provide an invaluable wetland habitat for rare species such as water vole and otter. Invertebrates like the hairy dragonfly can be seen here and greater horseshoe bat can be found hunting for insects here.

 

The grazing marsh areas are important for birds such as snipe and lapwing, and the hay meadows and hedgerows are rich in insect life, providing food and shelter for many small mammals, which in turn provide a meal for birds of prey including buzzards and owls.

  

Plans for the future include provision for an educational facility for local schools and groups.

 

The site is funded through Port Marine Management Company that receives income from each of the residents on site.

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Priory Farm
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Prior's Wood
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Weston Big Wood
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Between the village of Sheepway, nr Portishead.
Portbury
Somerset
Map reference
ST 484 766
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
overwintering birds
reptiles
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
45.86 hectares
Access
Public footpaths run thoughout this site. The majority of the site is flat and allows easy access. Paths can be steep and muddy, with some steps. Some areas are not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Walking information
Paths can be steep and muddy, with some steps. Some areas are not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Parking
Park in layby off Sheepway Lane (near to old railway bridge).
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust