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Nature Trails

We organise nature trails on the reserve so people can:

  • get to know the local wildlife
  • test their wildlife knowledge
  • learn something new


Our winter nature trail

Saturday 21st December to Sunday 5th January


 “What do I do in winter?” 

Some species will hibernate, others will go to Africa and some will come to spend the winter here. Come and find out who does what.


It will be a bit muddy on the Seasonal Track so instead we have put boards along the path from the Marina to the Nature Reserve.

 There is a tick card to accompany the nature trail. You can download it here or pick up a copy.

You can pick up a copy from Portishead Library or one of the two “dummy” bird boxes on the reserve. One is by the gate at the end of the path from the Marina and the other at Wharf Lane car park.











How it works

You have to find the wildlife picture boards placed around the reserve and answer the questions. To reveal the answers lift up the question flaps.

There is a different theme each time so always something new to discover.  Previous trails have included “Do I live on the Reserve?” and “What do I eat or what eats me?” themes.

Dates of future trails will be advertised on the Home page and on our Facebook page.


These nature trails are very popular with both the young and the not so young. We have received many positive comments such as this one:

Brilliant day out with our toddler. Thank you for such a fun and well considered event showcasing the wonderful nature on our doorstep. We live right there and use it all the time but this really brought it to life. We are very appreciative

Angie Brewer-Miller


Would you like to join our nature trail team?

The more volunteers we have the more frequently we can organise these nature trails. So if you would like to help please contact us at

Who is needed:

Trail checkers – we need more people to check that the picture boards are secure and undamaged during the trail. So would suit dog walkers and anyone who regularly walks on the reserve.

Trail installers and removers – on each trail we have around 40 trail boards to put up and take down. We find that 6 people (3 teams of 2) can usually do this in a couple of hours.



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