Blake's Pools

A wetland reserve where over 100 species of bird have been sighted, and shelduck, redshank and lapwing often nest.


Unnamed Road
BS21 6XL
A static map of Blake's Pools

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Access via seawall only, can be effected by tides. Viewing only through hide, telescope useful.


Permit required, please contact the Trust. 

We are currently unable to issue permits for this reserve. Thank you for your understanding.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July, October to February

About the reserve

Over 100 species of bird have been sighted here including shelduck, redshank and lapwing.

During periods of low tide the expansive areas of mud attract birds such redshank, little grebe and little egret.

The two shallower pools attract wading birds, especially green and common sandpipers during spring and autumn.

The highlight of winter is the variety of wildfowl that feeds here, including smew, scaup and black-necked grebe.

The walk to the reserve can be very good for waders and migrant birds - in winter, thousands of dunlin may be seen along this stretch of coast.

Barn owls have also regularly inhabited the reserve.

The reserve is owned by the Environment Agency and leased by the Trust. It forms part of the Severn Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and RAMSAR site.

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)