Annual Report 2008


  • Despite the very wet summer over 600 visitors came to the reserve. Three visits from groups of children were cancelled because of heavy rain.
  • We hosted organised group activity visits from local primary schools, Nailsea WI, Chew Valley AWT, a Brownie pack and a pre-school group. Activities included pond dipping, leaf and bark rubbing, plant identification, bird and nest box spotting and mini beast forays.
  • Our full annual open day was held in May this year and attracted over 100 visitors who enjoyed various displays and activities.

Community involvement

  • We received a ‘Merit’ Neighbourhood Award from Britain in Bloom for our contribution to a cleaner and greener community.
  • A presentation of our work at the Reserve and its wildlife was given to the AGM of the Nailsea and Backwell Group of Diabetes UK.
  • The Reserve had a pond dipping open day as part of the ‘Wild Water’ celebrations organised in support of Avon’s Biodiversity Action Plan.


  • The species list is impressive with 180 plants; 35 birds; 15 butterflies and 9 dragonflies/damselflies; frogs; newts; fungi; mammals and many invertebrates.
  • Grant Burleigh has started an extensive study of invertebrates and now regularly submits records to the Bristol Record Centre.
  • We have introduced a number of new habitats to encourage specific wildlife.
  • Nest box usage of 37% was around the same level as the past few years.

Licence renewal

  • Our licence to manage the reserve has been renewed for a further 5 years by North Somerset Council.


  • We have worked towards improving publicity with the introduction of a new website and full colour leaflet.

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