Avon Wildlife Trust
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