Weston Big Wood
Grid ref: 456 750 / Area: 38 hectares
One of Avon's largest ancient woodlands, Weston Big Wood dates back to the last Ice Age. A network of footpaths criss-cross this wildlife-rich wood.
to get there
Alternatively, from B3124 Clevedon-Portishead road, turn into Valley Road. Park in the lay-by approx 300 yards on right, and walk up the hill. Steps lead into the wood from the road.
In springtime, the ground is covered with wood anemones, violets and masses of bluebells. The presence of other plants such as herb paris and yellow archangel together with purple gromwell, which is very rare, show that this wood is ancient. It is thought that there has been woodland here since trees began to recolonise after the last Ice Age some 10,000 years ago.
The ride is an excellent area for butterflies: on a sunny day orange tip, speckled wood and purple hairstreak are among the many that can be seen.
The wood is very good for birds, including woodpecker, nuthatch, and tawny owl. Bats also roost in the trees, and the presence of many setts indicates a large badger population.
Areas of the wood are thinned and coppiced to encourage flowers, butterflies and birds. The ride is also cut back and coppiced to prevent it growing over.
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