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Weston Moor

An expansive area of open moor that includes three fields, networked with species-rich rhynes

Set in the heart of the Gordano Valley, Weston Moor is an expansive area of open moor, which includes three fields situated along the limestone ridge west of Weston-in-Gordano.

Networked with species-rich rhynes, the wet grassland is important for its breeding waders and rare plants such as cotton grass, marsh pennywort, yellow sedge, lesser butterfly orchid, frog-bit and fen pondweed. Look out for hairy dragonfly and ruddy darter hunting above the rhynes.

During the spring and summer the fields on the moor attract breeding lapwing, redshank and snipe. These timid waders find the waterlogged conditions of the fields to their benefit because of the readily available source of invertebrates. Other birds such as little owl, linnet, reed bunting and skylark also breed in the area. Sparrowhawk, buzzard and green woodpecker are regularly recorded over the reserve.

This site was purchased and managed through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, YANSEC, the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Countryside Commission and public donation.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Tickenham Hill
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Clapton Moor
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Walton Common
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Cadbury Lane, Weston-in-Gordano
Weston-in-Gordano
Bristol
Map reference
ST 442 738
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
43.29 hectares
Access
Yes

Restriced access, permit holders only. A limited number of annual permits for the moorland area are available to members only. Open access is restricted to the fields north of Walton Brook, which give excellent views over the moor.
Walking information
Restriced access, permit holders only. A limited number of annual permits for the moorland area are available to members only. Please contact the Trust.
Parking
Cadbury Lane, Weston-in-Gordaino. Parking is restricted and approach to the reserve is hampered by traffic on the B3124 being particularly fast moving - please do not park and block any farm, field or private home entrances.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust