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The flora and fauna of Leigh Woods


The caves and veteran trees provide valuable winter roosts for bats, including the rare greater and lesser horseshoe bats and Daubenton’s bat.

Look out for them at dusk.


Leigh Woods is a very rich site for invertebrates, including pauper pug and silky wave moths, white letter hairstreak butterfly, many beetles, spiders and flies.

Have a look at this video of Harvestmen spiders filmed here on Stokeleigh camp.

The Whitebeams of Leigh Woods

The Avon Gorge is probably the richest site for Whitebeams in the world, there are at least three species which only grow here. The National Nature Reserve is a very important site for these whitebeams, for example it has a large percentage of the population of the three endemic species: Bristol whitebeam, Leigh Woods whitebeam and Wilmott’s whitebeam.

Leigh Woods is one of the finest ancient woodlands near Bristol.


The woods are home to a good variety of birds including the Red List (threatened) bullfinch, marsh tit and song thrush. Peregrine falcon and ravens breed in the Avon Gorge, listen out for their calls.