South Gloucestershire has some outstanding countryside and wildlife. We have developed walking routes and bat audio trails to help you discover the wildlife in your local area.
Wick wildlife walks
We have created several wildlife walks from Wick that will lead you through one of our nature reserves and into the wider countryside in the Forest of Avon.
The circular walks below have been marked out on a map for you to download:
There are many places to explore on foot, or by horse or bike in South Gloucestershire. To help promote walks and rides in the area we have helped set up the Outdoors West website.
Bat audio trails
We have 4 bat audio trails across South Gloucestershire. They help local people to discover and find out about bats and other wildlife in their area.
There are bat audio trails for:
- Avon Valley Woodlands nature reserve in Hanham
- Warmley Forest Park in Warmley
- Wick Golden Valley nature reserve in Wick
- Willsbridge Valley nature reserve in Willsbridge
Where to get a trail pack
You can collect and loan a bat audio trail pack from your local library. In your pack will be:
- bat detectors
- information on bats you are likely to see
- a brief history of the woodland area
- a CD guide disk (making the trails accessible for people who are visually impaired along with way mark posting including information in braille)
You can also download a general information pack for the 4 bat audio trails.
Following the trail
Each walk takes about 1 hour to complete. They range from 1.2km to 2.5km in length.
The routes follow a waymarked trail around each site which has a glow in the dark and braille disk to help you find your way around at dusk.