Discover the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and DownsA guide to spotting the special wildlife of the site at different times of the year.
Discover the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs – large print versionA guide to spotting the special wildlife of the site at different times of the year.
The Downs bird trailThis short trail offers an introduction to some of the common birds you are likely to see on the Downs with top tips on where and how to spot them.
The Downs tree trailStarting at Christ Church Green on the outskirts of Clifton Village, this trail explores 18 trees on Clifton Down and the Promenade.
The Granny Downs tree trailAn introduction to the trees of The Granny Downs near White Tree Roundabout.
The Downs lichen trailA short trail introducing some of the incredible lichen to be found on the oak, ash, hawthorn and blackthorn trees of the Downs.
The Downs meadow trailA summer trail offering an introduction to some of the wildlife to be found in our wildflower meadows.
The Downs spring family trailA guide to exploring the Downs in spring with your family through fun and interactive games and activities.
The Downs summer family trailA guide to exploring the Downs in summer with your family through fun and interactive games and activities.
The Downs autumn family trailA guide to exploring the Downs in autumn with your family through fun and interactive games and activities.
The Downs winter family trailA guide to exploring the Downs in winter with your family through fun and interactive games and activities.
Downs Diary – MayMay is a colourful and busy month. Flowers are in bloom, birds are nesting and butterflies are feeding. The trees are looking wonderful with their fresh foliage.
Downs Diary – JuneIn June, you may notice young birds that have recently fledged still begging for food from their harassed parents, particularly in species like robins, tits and blackbirds.
Downs Diary – JulyJuly is a wonderful time to be out in the meadow area on the Downs where you can see a wide range of flowers like knapweed and scabious.
Downs Diary – AugustThis is an exciting month of abundance, with juicy berries ripening all over the Downs.
Downs Diary – SeptemberWith the long summer drawing to a close autumn now begins, bringing rich, vibrant splashes of yellows, browns and reds.
Durdham Down history trailExplore the fascinating history of Durdham Down on this 3.6km trail.
Clifton Down history trailExplore the fascinating history of Clifton Down on this 2.5km trail.
Discover ButterfliesOf the 59 kinds of butterflies found in the UK, 35 can be found on the Avon Gorge and Downs!
Activity of the Month – June: Make a peregrine glider (Step-by-step guide)Find out how to make a peregrine glider, and see how fast you can make your peregrine falcon fly!
Activity of the Month – June: Make a peregrine glider (Peregrine template)Use the template with our step-by-step guide to build your own peregrine glider.
Activity of the Month – July: Make a butterfly swatchDownload this month’s activity sheet to find out how to make a ‘butterfly ID swatch’ and go butterfly spotting in the meadow!
Activity of the Month – August: Make a bat finger puppetDownload this month’s activity sheet to find out how to make a bat finger puppet!
Activity of the Month – September: Make an orb web spiderDownload this month’s activity sheet to find out how to make an orb web spider!
Perergine falcon word searchA peregrine falcon can fly up to 200 mph when diving down to catch its prey in a ‘stoop’. It’s the fastest animal in the whole world!
Leigh Woods map including trailsWe ask that visitors travel to Leigh Woods by public transport, bike or by foot when possible.
Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project Education ProgrammeEach year the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project education team produces an Annual Review which summarises the achievements for the year.
2018 Silky wave moth reportSince 2011, the Bristol Zoological Society has carried out annual silky wave surveys throughout the moth’s flight season.
The Geology of Clifton and Durdham Downs by Andrew MathiesonReproduced from the Journal, Nature in Avon (The Proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society) 2013, by kind permission of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society.
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Header photograph: Bristol Onion (©Phil Jearey).