Avon Wildlife Trust
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).
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