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LOCALITY: Bristol, Bristol
DISTANCE: 1 miles (1.61 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Bristol & Bath

Walk description:

Stockwood is in Brislington, which is in south east Bristol. The two main access points are beside Brislington School at Hungerford Gardens and The Coots, Stockwood.

Stockwood Open Space is one of the most exciting places to see and enjoy wildlife in the city. You could see kestrels, butterflies, glow-worms and foxes, and a wealth of wildflowers. The site is managed in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust.

Stockwood Open Space Local Nature Reserve is an old area of farmland that has survived development.

A tarmac track runs through the length of the site providing all weather access for buggies and wheelchairs. Access to other areas of the reserve is via informal footpaths which may be muddy after rain.

Additional notes:

At Stockwood there are:

1) Wildflower meadows which support wildflowers such as cowslips, dyer's greenweed and black knapweed.

2)Hedgerows which provide plenty of cover for nesting birds such as little owls.

3) Woodland, some of which is ancient and carpeted with bluebells, wood anemones and the rare bath asparagus in spring.

4) Approximately thirty pairs of song thrushes and ninety pairs of warblers are recorded as nesting on the reserve each year.

5) Old farm ponds which are home to five out of six species of British amphibiaians.

05/08/2008 | Walk posted by Marie Houlden

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