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Priory Farm

This reserve close to industrial Portbury is a symbol of conservation in a threatened environment

Although at first sight reeds appear to be the dominant plant, over 80 other species of flowering plant also grow here. Ragged robin, southern marsh orchid and marsh marigold can all be seen in patches of fen vegetation, along with less common plants such as bog stitchwort and fen bedstraw. Priory Farm is also the home of brown sedge, which is very rare in this area.

In summer, the main interest is the birds that breed in the reedbed such as sedge warblers and reed warblers. Listen for their scratchy songs in spring and summer.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Prior's Wood
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Pill Paddock
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Weston Big Wood
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Located alongside the Portbury Hundred.
Map reference
ST 499 756
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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0.67 hectares

Good views available from the road. There is no access to this site other than to walk alongside on the road. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
There is no access to this site other than to walk along side on the road
Park by the railway bridge on Station Road and walk along the road to the reserve.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust