Wildlife on Brean Down

Brean Down goats on sea cliff edge

Explore the steep slopes and sweeping pastures on Brean Down, home to a wide variety of rare plants and birds.

Brean Down's rare plants

The southern slopes of the down have three rare plants. They live in close proximity in this closely grazed open turf. They are the white rock rose, dwarf sedge and Somerset hair grass. In high summer, this almost unique vegetation community in Britain has an almost Mediterranean appearance.

Brean's brave goats

Look out for the feral goats happily munching away. You'll very often find these brave Brean Down residents on the rock faces on the side of the down. Rather them than us.


In May, the north side of Brean Down is covered in a dazzling carpet of bluebells, which makes it a great time to visit and see this spectacular sight.

Birds on Brean

Brean Down is a haven for bird watchers, so bring your binoculars. If you're lucky you might spot a Peregrine falcon, It's a sanctuary for breeding pairs. 
Visit the Brean Bird List to find out what's been seen on Brean Down.