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Weston Big Wood

Weston Big Wood is one of the most wildlife-rich woodlands in the area. Evidence of man's historical activities also can be found within the wood.

In springtime the ground is covered with wood anemones, violets and masses of bluebells. The wood is very good for birds, including woodpecker, nuthatch and tawny owl. Southern and western areas of the wood were quarried away during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Trust's purchase of the wood in 1997 was partly to safeguard the wood from future quarrying. 

Special sculpted waymarks have been installed around the wood. 

The reserve was purchased in 2000 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Countryside Agency (now natural England), and donations from members and local people.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Clapton Moor
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Weston Moor
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Tickenham Hill
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Valley Road, Weston-in-Gordano
Map reference
ST 455 750
Great for...
ancient trees
geological interest
getting away from it all
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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68.98 hectares

Public footpaths allow access throughout the reserve. Access is through kissing gate, and steps. Main access to paths is uphill. Paths can be steep and muddy, with some steps. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Walking information
Paths can be steep and muddy, with some steps. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Park in a layby on the left, just past the recycling centre on Valley Road
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 9177270
Avon Wildlife Trust


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