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Limestone grassland stretching down to saltmarsh - home to butterflies, rare plants and wading birds.

Location

National Cycle Rte 33, Weston-super-Mare BS23, UK
Weston-super-Mare
A static map of Walborough

Know before you go

Size
21 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

A surfaced path allows access to parts of the site for those who are less mobile. There is open access to the grassland areas but please keep off the salt marsh to avoid disturbance to birds

Access

There are public footpaths that access the site. A surfaced path allows access to parts of the site for those who are less mobile. There is open access to the grassland areas but please keep off the salt marsh to avoid disturbance to birds. Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Walborough is a beautiful limestone grassland and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with exceptionally rich plants including a number of nationally rare species.

The best areas of grassland are on the steeper slopes, where you will find dozens of butterfly species in summer.   

Wildlife

The grassland flora includes the nationally rare Somerset hair-grass and honewort. Also found here are green-winged and early purple orchid, autumn lady's tresses and abundant cowslips.

Butterflies include brown argus, grizzled and dingy skipper and grayling. The salt marsh has a number of nationally scarce plants including sea barley, slender hare's-ear and sea clover. Patches of sea-lavender add a splash of colour in the late summer.

Good numbers of wildfowl and waders can be seen on the estuary during autumn and winter, including redshank, dunlin, shelduck and black-tailed godwit.

Birds wintering on the salt marsh include skylark, rock and meadow pipit, linnet and, occasionally, twite.   

Join us

Love wildlife? Join us! Become a member from as little as £2.50 a month to help us protect wildlife and inspire people about the importance and benefits of nature. 

Become a member

The reserve was purchased and managed through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, Woodspring District Council, Avon County Council and public donation.  

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

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