Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project

The Avon Gorge, Clifton Down, Durdham Down and Leigh Woods are just a few miles from Bristol City Centre and yet they’re home to a wealth of wildlife. With stunning views, rare plants, ancient woodland, nesting peregrine falcons and awe-inspiring geology this is one of the most exciting places to see wildlife in Bristol.


Looking for something for the kids to do at half-term event? Check out our  ‘Creepy creatures’ event in our ‘What’s on’ section for details.

Discover our fabulous wildlife and geology in this section.

Explore the range of walks, talks, courses, children’s and family events that we run throughout the year.

Find out about the fantastic learning opportunities available on both sides of the Avon Gorge.

The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project is a partnership of Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Natural England, University of Bristol, the Society of Merchant Venturers, Downs Committee, and Bristol Zoological Society.

Avon Gorge & Downs partner logos of Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, University of Bristol, Merchant Venturers, The Downs Committee and Bristol Zoological Society

We are also working in partnership with the National Trust, Forestry England (on the North Somerset side of the Gorge) and the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge.

Avon Gorge & Downs partnership logos of The National Trust, Forestry England and Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge

Photographs: Juvenile peregrine facing forward (© Sam Coppard), Buttercups on the Downs (© Simon Muir), Spiked speedwell (© Libby Houston), Meadow on the Downs (© Denice Stout), Adult peregrine falcon (© Helen Hall). All other photos © Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project and © Phil Jearey.