Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve

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Troopers Hill in St George, East Bristol, was purchased by Bristol City Council on 14th September 1956. It was declared as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) on 22nd June 1995 (click for copy of public notice) in recognition of the wide range of wildlife present on the hill and its importance as a unique habitat in the Bristol area due to the presence of acidic soils.

Leaflet with map of Bristol's 12 LNRs >>

The importance of Troopers Hill as a geological site was also officially recognised in April 2010 when Troopers Hill was designated as a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site (RIGS) these are now also known as Local Geological Sites.

The central grid reference is: ST 628 731 - Latitude: 51:27:20 North - Longitude: 2:32:12 West. The Local Nature Reserve covers 8.33 Ha (20.6 acres). Taken together with the adjacent woodland and field there is just over 15 Ha (37 acres) of public open space.

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How to Get to Troopers Hill >>

The importance of the Hill for wildlife is mostly due to the high number of rare invertebrates that live there, particularly mining bees and bee flies. It is also one of the best sites in Bristol for grassland fungi such as waxcaps. While there is no threat to Troopers Hill from development the heathland and grassland does need protection from the spread of the adjacent scrub and woodland. If you would like to help us look after this unique site please join us at one of our regular Work Parties.

Troopers Hill LNR

The site is between the A431 Air Balloon Road and Crews Hole Road and can be accessed from any of four pedestrian entrances from Troopers Hill Rd. The lowest is close to the junction with Crews Hole Rd and therefore gives easy access to or from the River Avon Trail, but please take care crossing the roads. There is also an entrance at the corner of Greendown and Troopers Hill Rd and two other entrances between these.

An alternative entrance is from the east end of Malvern Rd, and across the grassy area known as Troopers Hill Field. The kissing gate at the end of Summerhill Terrace also takes you into Troopers Hill Field. Adjacent to both the LNR and the Field is an area of woodland also owned by Bristol City Council and known as Troopers Hill Woods or Crews Hole Woodland.

Dark Sky Discovery SiteTroopers Hill is a good place to visit for star watching and has now been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site

Follow the links below and explore this website to learn more about Troopers Hill and the surrounding area.

Lower Chimney 2007 Site Information Leaflets

Interpretation Board

Explore the Avon Valley

How to Get to Troopers Hill

Friends of Troopers Hill
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