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Willsbridge Valley

An oasis of wildlife amongst modern housing estates

Willsbridge Valley on the edge of Bristol is an oasis of wildlife amongst modern housing estates.
 

The valley was once the site of milling, quarrying and a coal dramway. The valley contains many habitats. The woodlands are at their best in spring, full of bluebells, red campion and the sounds of birdsong. The ponds are important homes for frogs, toads and dragonflies, and dippers and kingfishers may be seen on the stream.
 

Foxes and badgers also live in the valley and noctule and greater horseshoe bats feed on the many insects in the valley. You can learn about the history of the valley by following the heritage sculpture trail. The wildlife garden is an inspiration, with excellent examples of how you can make your garden a better home for wildlife.

 

Please see Avon Wildlife Trust's Publications page for a public letter regarding Willsbridge Mill buildings, dated May 2014.

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Stockwood Open Space
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Coombe Brook Valley
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Royate Hill
4 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near to Bitton village, on the A431
Willsbridge
Bristol
BS30 6EX
Map reference
ST 664 707
Great for...
a family day out
geological interest
historical interest
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.92 hectares
Access
Yes

Public footpaths allow access throughout the reserve. Car park is at rear of site and access is through the main footpath through the woodland. Wheelchair access via Willsbridge Hill to most of valley. Pathways enable exploration of the rest of the reserve. Can be muddy.
Walking information
Wheelchair access via Willsbridge Hill to most of valley. Pathways enable exploration of the rest of the reserve. Can be muddy.
Parking
Car park is on Long Beach Road. For disabled parking, follow signs from Willsbridge Hill and park in layby before Mill buildings
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust