Know before you go
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
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
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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.
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.
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.