Welcome!

Open Day

We welcome you to a little bit of nature right in the middle of Nailsea. The Reserve, covering an area of 3/4 acre, provides a home for a variety of birds, mammals, insects and other mini-beasts, plants, amphibians and fungi.

The Reserve is managed by the Friends of Stockway North Nature Reserve. We are delighted to have been awarded a Britain in Bloom 2008 Neighbourhood Award of Merit.

History

The Reserve was formerly a quarry for sandstone for building in the 1800s, then it was used as a rubbish dump, before becoming neglected and a haven for local wildlife.

Since 1998 it has been managed by the community to enhance the wildlife, raise awareness of the natural environment and as a resource for education.

Management

We have created a number of new habitats to add to the diversity of wildlife:

  • a large pond and dipping platform
  • meadow and bog areas near the pond
  • clearings to encourage butterflies
  • plantings of native trees, shrubs and flowers
  • addition of bird, bat and insect boxes
  • removal of a large leylandii and some sycamores

Other work has involved rebuilding drystone walls, adding an all-weather path, adding large rocks and clearance of litter and rubbish.

Animal Life

We have found many different types of animals in the Reserve:

  • birds – over 30 species have been seen, with at least 9 species breeding on the site
  • mammals – woodmouse, badger and grey squirrel
  • amphibians & reptiles – palmate newt, common frog and slow-worm
  • insects – 15 butterflies, 9 dragonflies, great diving beetles and many others
  • numerous minibeasts inhabit the pond, leaf litter, vegetation and soil

Plants & Trees

There are 180 recorded species of plants. Most of the shrubs and trees on the Reserve are native to this area and there is a good diversity of flowering plants in the various habitats.

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