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Prior's Wood

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


Nearby nature reserves

Priory Farm
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Portbury Wharf
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Pill Paddock
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Caswell Lane. Portbury
Map reference
ST 491 741
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
getting away from it all
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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61.96 hectares

Public footpaths run though this site in a circuit, allowing access throughout the woodland and down to the pools. Some of the paths can be muddy, slippery and steep-sided. Keep to the best-used paths. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Some of the paths can be muddy, slippery and steep-sided. Keep to the best-used paths.
On the Clapton-in-Gordano road, park on the lay-by on the right just after passing the last house in Portbury village.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust


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