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Stockwood Open Space

This expanse of old farmland on the edge of Bristol is a fascinating blend of old meadows, thick hedges and woodlands, with panoramic views of south Bristol

Most of the reserve is old grassland and unploughed meadows with cowslip, dyer's greenweed and bird's-foot trefoil providing splashes of yellow here in summer. Numerous butterflies include meadow brown, marbled white and large skipper.

The wood (known in early records as as Ilsyngrove) is very old and the home of bluebell, yellow archangel and the rare Bath asparagus. The thick hedges are full of birds and are ideal for many nesting warblers such as whitethroats. Two farm ponds are homes for frogs, toads and newts.

Stockwood Open Space is owned by Bristol City Council and managed in partnership with the Trust. The site is a Local Nature Reserve.


Species and habitats

Grassland, Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Willsbridge Valley
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Brandon Hill Nature Reserve
4 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Coombe Brook Valley
4 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Stockwood and Brislington on the south-east fringe of Bristol.
Map reference
ST 625 691
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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51.73 hectares

There are public footpaths and cycle tracks that access this site, as well as tarmac paths to allow access to all. Tarmac paths provide access for wheelchairs. Some slopes, which can be slippery when wet
Walking information
Tarmac paths provide access for wheelchairs. Cycleway crosses the reserve. Some slopes, which can be slippery when wet
Parking at the end of Stockwood Road in the layby, before the sharp left turn into the Coots
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust