Avon Wildlife Trust
A grassland and woodland reserve, renowned for wildflowers and butterflies
Walton Common has excellent views of the Gordano Valley and, above the quarry, across the Severn Estuary. It is a calcareous grassland reserve surrounded by woodland renowned for wildflowers and butterflies.
Wildflowers on Walton Common include thyme, marjoram, rock-rose, St John's wort, autumn gentian and violets. Butterflies include common blue, brown argus, grizzled and dingy skipper, green and purple hairstreak, and dark green fritillary. Grasshoppers, glow-worms and many varieties of moth are also found on the Common.
The scrub and woodland edge provide food and nest-sites for blackcap and whitethroat. Buzzard, kestrel and sparrowhawk can be seen hunting across the Common.
Walton Common is both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and home to the prehistoric remains of a Scheduled Ancient Monument called the 'banjo'.
For the latest Walton Common news, please visit Dave Horlick's blog, who is volunteer reserve warden.
Species and habitats