Community groups

On the Bristol side of the Avon Gorge and on the Downs, our education team education team are working to create opportunities to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, learn more about and enjoy the wildlife and landscape of the site. We have worked with a wide range of groups, offering talks, guided walks and longer-term programmes.

Your Downs

In February 2013 the ‘Your Downs’ initiative was launched. It is a partnership between the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, FOD+AG, Walking for Health and the Area Supervisor for the Downs.

This small group was set up to look at widening the range of people who visit and enjoy the sites, ensuring the Avon Gorge and Downs are for everyone.

Through the initiative we have run guided walks and events in partnership with a wide range of organisations such as: the Bristol City Council Inner City Health Improvement Team; Family Centre (Deaf Children); Young Carers; Link-Age; the Heartful Dodgers (people recovering from heart attacks and strokes from Southmead Hospital) and Headway (a charity that works with people recovering from brain injury).

Audience Development Plan

In November 2017, we began working on our Audience Development Plan (ADP). The ADP process involved assessing our current audience, identifying the gaps, meeting with potential partners, and developing and planning new and exciting projects that will widen the audience visiting the Downs.

Previous projects

In 2018, we have worked with refugee families, children facing family challenges and enabled children from schools and playschemes in socially deprived areas of the city to come to the Avon Gorge and Downs.

Walks & guided tours

If you would like us to give your group a talk about the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs or would like to come on a guided tour, please get in touch (details below).

Work with us

Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project education team

Mandy Leivers
Avon Gorge & Downs Biodiversity Education Manager
Learning Department, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

T: 0117 9030609 / 0117 4285460
E: mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

All photographs © Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project.