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Walborough

A salt marsh and limestone grassland home to rare plants and insects

Walborough is a beautiful limestone grassland and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with an exceptionally rich plants including a number of nationally rare species. The best areas of grassland are on the steeper slopes, where you will find dozens of butterfly species in summer. 

 

Wildlife

The grassland flora includes the nationally rare Somerset hair-grass and honewort. Also found here are green-winged and early purple orchid, autumn lady's tresses and abundant cowslips. Butterflies include brown argus, grizzled and dingy skipper and grayling.

The salt marsh has a number of nationally scarce plants including sea barley, slender hare's-ear and sea clover. Patches of sea-lavender add a splash of colour in the late summer.

Good numbers of wildfowl and waders can be seen on the estuary during autumn and winter, including redshank, dunlin, shelduck and black-tailed godwit. Birds wintering on the salt marsh include skylark, rock and meadow pipit, linnet and, occasionally, twite.

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The reserve was purchased and managed through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, Woodspring District Council, Avon County Council and public donation.

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Purn Hill
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Hellenge Hill
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Blake's Pools
6 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
South of Uphill village
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
Map reference
ST 315 578
Great for...
a family day out
fungi
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
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
20.96 hectares
Access
Yes

There are public footpaths that access the site. A surfaced path allows access to parts of the site for those who are less mobile. There is open access to the grassland areas but please keep off the salt marsh to avoid disturbance to birds. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
A surfaced path allows access to parts of the site for those who are less mobile. There is open access to the grassland areas but please keep off the salt marsh to avoid disturbance to birds
Parking
After following signs to Uphill village from the south end of Weston-super-Mare, park near the large sluice gates on the left or by Uphill Way in the lay-by
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust

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