Cleeve Heronry


(c) Vincent Van Zalinge

A large heronry set in woodlands, where herons can be seen flying in and out to their fledglings.


130 Main Road
BS49 4PW
A static map of Cleeve Heronry

Know before you go

0 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

No access


No access to reserve, but good viewing possible from the layby with binoculars. Contact the Trust for disabled access information


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

February to May

About the reserve

This small woodland houses a large heronry of over 40 nests in the tops of the oak and ash trees. The herons arrive in February and often lay their eggs in the same nests year after year. By March/April the eggs hatch, and in the early morning and evenings the adult herons can be seen flying out to their fishing grounds and returning to feed their young. The best time to see the fledglings in the nest is April, before the leaves have opened on the trees. Most have left the heronry by June. You can watch live footage of the heron cam in Cleeve Nursery. Directions can be found here.    

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)