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Prior's Wood
for bluebells in the spring

Prior's Wood was once part of the Tyntesfield Estate. Ancient woodland, streams and plantations can all be found in this wildlife-rich wood.

What to look out for

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.

Further information
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.

Some of the paths can be muddy, slippery and steep-sided. Keep to the waymarked 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 into the village of Portbury on the High Street from the A369. Turn right onto Station Road, and then turn left onto Caswell Lane, before the road bends sharply to the right. Travel for roughly 240m (passing the entrance to Prior's Wood on the left beside the Old Lodge House) and park in the layby just past the last house on the right out of the village. Walk back to the entrance.

Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Pete Blanchard

Lesser cellandine



Spotted flycatcher
Oliver Smart

Ian CHambers

reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 494 749
Area 62 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS20 7UF
(0.239 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife

Priors Wood is one of our Top 10 nature reserves!

Download a detailed walk for this reserve here (PDF).

Download the full Top 10 Reserves Guide (PDF).