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Weston Big Wood
for woodland walks and wild garlic

Weston Big Wood is one of the most wildlife-rich woodlands in the area. Evidence of man's historical activities also can be found within the wood. To find out more take a virtual tour.

What to look out for

In springtime the ground is covered with wood anemones, violets and masses of bluebells. The wood is very good for birds, including woodpecker, nuthatch and tawny owl. Southern and western areas of the wood were quarried away during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Trust's purchase of the wood in 1997 was partly to safeguard the wood from future quarrying. Select the 'quarry' on the virtual tour to learn more.

Special sculpted waymarks have been installed around the wood and provide the basis for a worksheet supported educational visit.. Select the 'waymarks' on the virtual tour to learn more.

Further information

The reserve was purchased in 2000 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Countryside Agency (now natural England), and donations from members and local people.

A guide to the reserve, educational worksheets and details of the woodland status and management are available as downloadable files.


  Getting there by
Bike View a location map of the reserve on the National Cycle Network website.
Public transport Go to www.traveline.org.uk

Travel to the B3124 between Clevedon and Portishead. Turn onto Valley Road (signposted for the Avon Police Headquarters). Drive up the road and around the bend from the recycling centre there is parking in a layby on the left . The Valley Road entrance to the woods is opposite (Grid Ref ST 452 750).

Further entrances to the woods can be found off the B3124 at Black Rock Villas, at Underwood Road, and off The Downs (see map).


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Darin Smith

Tawny owl
A. Jewell

Great tit

Herb paris

Silver-washed fritillary

Sam Bentley-Toon

Reserve guide
reserve map
reserve map
Reserve guide & map (PDF) National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 452 750
Area 38 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS20 8JY
(0.435 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife

Weston Big Wood is one of our Top 10 nature reserves!

Download a detailed walk for this reserve here (PDF).

Download the full Top 10 Reserves Guide (PDF).

Information downloads

Download educational worksheets and details of the woodland status and management.