Avon Gorge LogoWith stunning views and awe-inspiring geology, the Avon Gorge’s wild and rugged rock faces are home to rare wildflowers, beautiful insects and nesting peregrine falcons.

Close by are the Downs where you can go for a stroll, play football, fly a kite or enjoy a perfect picnic beside wildflower meadows.

Just two miles from Bristol city centre, this is one of the most exciting places to enjoy wildlife in Bristol. What’s more, it’s open all year round and it’s free!

The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project was set up to look after the wildlife of the Bristol side of the Avon Gorge and Downs, with three roles:

  • Wildlife surveying and monitoring
  • Habitat management
  • Education

To help you to enjoy the wildlife of the Bristol side of the Avon Gorge and the Downs, there are a range of leaflets which you can download below. If you would like to find out more about the project, please visit the website www.avongorge.org.uk. Throughout the year they run a popular programme of events; with walks, talks, courses, children’s events and family events there’s something for everyone. They also run education sessions for schools and playschemes. For further details, please contact the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 9030 609.

The Project is a partnership of:


They are also working in partnership with the National Trust who manage part of Leigh Woods on the North Somerset side of the Gorge and the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge.