The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.
Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.
Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.
Tel: 01454 416945
The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:
Tel: 01454 412941
We have a very active nestbox team carrying out site and habitat surveys, nestbox manufacture, installation and monitoring. We have nearly 200 nestboxes in our area.
The South Glos group attends numerous school fetes, open days and conservation events through the year to help promote the work of the Trust and to encourage new membership.
The RHS award winning Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow was only seeded in late October 2016. It has been met by an amazing amount of local interest and support. The first year annuals made a great show in 2017 and the Meadow was awarded the RHS In Bloom's Monk Trophy for Best Native Planting in the South West of England.
Sown perennials now flowering include Red Campion, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged-Robin and Meadow Buttercup. Also self grown plug planting which includes Teasels, Foxgloves and Meadows Cranesbill. We also have some of the best yellow rattle the RHS judges have seen.
A particular triumph for 2018 was the Cuckoo Flower. Common in the surrounding streamside walk it had never appeared in the meadow, but this year appeared in abundance. It is a favourite of the Orange tip butterfly. The meadow was conceived to encourage our own native flowers and the various pollinators (Bees, Bugs and Butterflies) that depend upon them.
Do come and see the meadow on the streamside walk opposite the Anchor Inn on the other side of Morton Bridge. The blossoms are in bloom April until end of August when we cut the meadow.
We are keen to encourage others with their own local wild-flower projects. Please see our web page and if you would like advice, to volunteer or just to be kept informed e-mail and we will reply to you.
Outdoor Dads is a group for dads and male carers to have an adventurous day in the woods with their kids. We light fires, cook lunch, explore the woodland and play games, build dens, use hand tools and much more. Spend quality time learning new skills with your children in the beautiful woodland at Tortworth.
We meet on the third Saturday of the month 10.30am–2.30pm. Booking is essential.
Based at Tortworth Forest Centre, Tortworth Arboretum, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.
Upper Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2LB
This is a small walled area between the stream and the footpath to the east of Gloucester Road, managed by South Gloucestershire Council with help from Sustainable Thornbury Orchard Group.
The orchard contains several apple and plum trees, some old, some new, plus soft fruit and a medlar tree. It is for you and everyone living in Thornbury. Please enjoy its beauty and respect the fruit trees, soft fruit and wildlife.
The fruit will be ripe at various times in the summer and autumn. Please help yourself, leaving plenty for others.
East of Gloucester Road, opposite the Anchor Pub, Thornbury
We meet for gentle work parties at the Orchard near Morton Bridge opposite the Anchor pub at 9:30 on the first Wednesday and 14:00 on the third Saturday of every month - all welcome to find out what we do.
The adjacent Morton Bridge Wildflower Meadow is now seeded so we await nature doing its work. South Glos have erected sign post to explain what is happening, again come to an Orchard work group if you want to get involved or find out more. We will be scything the Orchard and Meadow and doing some minor seeding and maintenance. To find out more email email@example.com or click below.
Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.
Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329