Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate, ancient woodland, streams and plantations can all be found in this wildlife-rich wood.
The woodland cloaks part of the Carboniferous limestone ridge that runs from Clevedon to Failand in the Gordano Valley. Small-leaved lime trees, oak and hazel are abundant, and in places mature sweet chestnut reach high into the canopy. In spring the woodland floor is a spectacular carpet of bluebells, particularly in the southern and western parts of the wood. Prior's Wood is rich in bird life, including buzzard, garden warbler and chiffchaff. Spotted flycatcher is also recorded in most years.
This site was purchased from the Children's Hospice South West with support from Viridor and YANSEC, local parish councils and donations from members and local people.
Species and habitats