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Walton Common

A scrub and woodland renowned for wildflowers and butterflies

Walton Common has excellent views of the Gordano Valley and, above the quarry, across the Severn Estuary. It is an area 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 Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Weston Moor
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Tickenham Hill
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Clapton Moor
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Walton-in-Gordano
Walton-in-Gordano
Avon
Map reference
ST 428 737
Great for...
butterflies
fungi
getting away from it all
historical interest
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
26.50 hectares
Status
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

There are public footpaths that allow access through this site. Pathways can be steep and slippery when wet. Pathways allow access across site, but can be steep for the less able. There is a stile to cross to allow access. Not ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Walking information
Pathways allow access across site, but can be steep for the less able. There is a stile to cross to allow access. Not ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Parking
Park on the layby past the last last cottage coming from Walton-in-Gordano beside the Clevedon golf course
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust