Science & Nature

swanBristol’s Floating Harbour provides a wealth of opportunities to enjoy, explore and study the natural environment.

Everything from the lock gates to the boats and from the plants to the birds, there’s a huge variety of ways in which learning can take place in an inspiring, creative and hands on way that relates to science and nature.

The resources here provide more detail on the types of plants and birds you will find around the harbour and routes you can take to discover them.

Nature Trails

We have 2 trails to choose from, 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. Both trails are available as interactive Google maps and also as a PDF to download.


River Avon Family Trails Leaflets

Our bright and colourful self-led trails are perfect for all your family to enjoy on your visit. Hunt around for British birds and mammals and art galleries, following the trails along the way.

Enjoy watching your little ones learn in a fun way – without them even realising!

Sailing on the Avon for 3–5 years
Life along the Avon for 6+ years
Both leaflets available at Bristol’s Museums & Galleries.

Interactive map

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