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---- Explore Hidden Bristol, a Wild City ----

Badocks Wood LNR

Explore Bristol's Wildlife Sites >>

The City of Bristol and the surrounding urban areas have a fabulous range of Nature Reserves and wildlife sites, many of which are unknown to the majority of residents.

The links on this page will help you find some of these secret gems and to understand more about them. We hope that it will also inspire you to seek them out and explore them for yourself.

Leaflet with map of Bristol's 12 LNRs >>

Explore Bristol's Wildlife Sites >>

Wild CityWild City was an Access to Nature funded project which ran from November 2010 to January 2014. Wild City built on the huge success of the Nature in the City project (see below). The funding award was for 250,000 with 336,000 being the total project value for the 3 years.

Bristol Parks appointed two Wild City Project Officers, Helen Adshead and Paula Spiers. Helen previously worked as the South Bristol Riverscapes Project Officer. Paula is also the Avon Frome Development Officer, and continued this post part-time. Later in the project they were joined by Justin Smith.

The project was based on Bristol's current and potential Local Nature Reserves with the main focus on the 'Key' sites and a lesser involvement with the 'Network' sites. However, buy raising the profile for wildlife in the City the project also benefited many sites not directly involved.

Eastwood Farm LNRThe Key Wildlife City Project Sites were:
Lamplighter's Marsh - The New Cut - Northern Slopes - Hengrove Park Mounds and Hawkfield Meadows - Callington Road LNR - Eastwood Farm LNR - Stoke Park

The Wild City Network Sites were:
Lawrence Weston Moor LNR - Badock's Wood LNR - Narroways Millennium Green - Manor Woods Valley LNR - Stockwood Open Space LNR - Troopers Hill LNR - Royate HIll LNR

As a result of the project four of the sites were designated as additional Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) in 2015 Avon New Cut, Lamplighters Marsh, Narroways and The Northern Slopes.

Wild City Newsletter Issue 1, Winter 2011/12 >>

Wild City Newsletter, Final Update Feb 2014 >>

Nature in the City Project

Bristol Parks' Nature in the City Project was run by Sally Oldfield and focused on Troopers Hill and five other sites. The project ran for two years to September 2008 and followed on from the four-year Wildspace! project which had also been run by Sally. Photographs and reports on some of the events held during the two years of Nature in the City can via the link below.

Nature in the City Project >>

Manor Woods Valley LNR

 Bristol's Wildlife Sites

 Bristol Parks Wildlife Page

  Bristol Biodiversity Action Plan

  Bristol's Big Wildlife Map

  Bristol City Centre Nature Trail

  Explore the Avon Valley

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