Brandon Hill Nature Park, Bristol

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Brandon Hill, also known as St Brandon's Hill, is a hill close to Bristol city centre, between the districts of Clifton and Hotwells, in south west England.At the summit is the Cabot Tower, opened in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497.The upper part of the hill is a steep park, divided into informal gardens, a small nature reserve and open grassland. The two-hectare nature reserve has been run since 1980 by the Avon Wildlife Trust who have their headquarters beside the park. The wildflower meadow includes ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle and knapweed. A pond provides a breeding site for frogs, toads and smooth newts. The butterfly garden supplies food for caterpillars and many kinds of butterflies. Birds such as jay, bullfinch and blackcap are seen in the reserve. Native trees and shrubs have been planted, and the meadow is cut for hay in July.
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  • Very nice place to go walking if you like hills, lots of dogs and families. Ice cream van near the top of the hill just underneath Cabot Tower. The Tower is defiantly worth a visit too.  more »
  • Brandon Hill, just off Park Street has been a favourite location of mine for over 20 years. Co-managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust it is a peaceful haven away from the busy roads of Bristol's city cent...  more »
  • One of my most beloved places in Bristol. It is an ideal place to escape the busy central and enjoy little bit of peace and nature. It offers a fantastic walk and ecstatic views of Bristol! We went du...  more »

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