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Gorse Covert local nature reserve

This local nature reserve is a little oasis for people and wildlife living in Patchway.

The small woodland is surrounded by housing on the north and south sides. A public path enters the woodland from Coniston Road and this and many other informal paths within the wood are well used by local people. A popular cycle path that connects the Mall shopping centre to the Bristol North Fringe runs alongside the woodland. An active conservation group helps to look after the reserve.

Management objectives

  • to maintain and enhance the wildlife value of the woodland
  • to maintain and enhance the value of the pond
  • to enhance the bird population
  • to enhance the woodland edges and the surrounding grassland
  • to enhance populations of broadleaved spurge
  • to improve the main paths and limit the creation of new paths, thus enhancing the ground flora of the woodland
  • to reduce vandalism including dumping
  • to encourage educational use of the site
  • to monitor the value of key biodiversity indicators and to increase biological knowledge of the site

Cultural information

Patchway is made up of densely populated housing estates and is classed as one of the most deprived areas in South Gloucestershire. The site is heavily used by local people for leisure activities. Other informal activities such as walking, exercising dogs and pond-dipping occur. Both adults and children enjoy the site. An infant and junior school border the site, offering great potential for educational links.

Site status: Local nature reserve, designated community nature area
Site owner: South Gloucestershire Council
Local planning authority: South Gloucestershire Council
Area: 4.3 hectares
Grid reference: ST 594 817

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