Nature Trails

harbourtrailsCity Centre Nature Trails provide an opportunity to see some amazing wildlife right in the heart of Bristol! From spectacular swans and raucous gulls, to Mediterranean spiders and colourful cosmopolitan plants. Discover more about Bristol’s wonderful array of street-wise plants and animals, why they are here and where to find them.

The trail is divided into two parts. Take your pick, you may like a watery wander around the docks to see birds, boats and beggarticks or a hilly hike on Brandon Hill park for flowers, frogs and fiddledock.

You may like to do the whole trail or just visit one point. Whatever you choose, remember that to get the most out of the trail you will need enthusiasm, sharp eyes and patience … and don’t forget, the ordinary can be extraordinary!

Disabled Access
The city centre and docks area are mainly flat with no steps, but you will meet cobbles and kerbs. Paths on Brandon Hill are tarmacked but there are steep slopes and some steps.

Going by Boat
The Bristol Ferry Boat Company runs regular ferry trips around the docks. For further information telephone 0117 9273 416.

In Seasons
Please note not everything will be visible all year round. For seasonal plants and animals we have indicated the best time to see them (view PDF or pick up a leaflet from Bristol’s Museums and other Public Buildings, Avon Wildlife Trust or Tourist Information centres).

Avon Wildlife Trust
32 Jacobs Wells Road
Bristol BS8 1DR
Tel: 0117 917 7270

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