The Avon New Cut

Nature & Wildlife

As a valuable wildlife area close to the centre of the city, the New Cut is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.

"..a very remarkable wildlife corridor, and a vivid reminder of Bristol’s past."

FrANC has produced an introductory leaflet to wildlife on the New Cut which can be downloaded from our Leaflets & Books page.

For further information, see Wildlife of the New Cut, an in-depth article by the renowned Bristol naturalist, Richard Bland.

Walks organised by FrANC include bird, tree and wildflower identification and discovery; one with Bristol Naturalists Society explored and recorded bug life on the riverbank near Vauxhall bridge. 

Look out for future walks on our Events page.


Over 30 species of birds have been seen along the New Cut, including the grey heron and the cormorant. Both birds eat fish from the New Cut, an indicator of the health of the waterway. (Birds list)

Recording of Bat Sounds


More than 120 species of flowering plants are present between Gaol Ferry Bridge and Ashton Avenue Bridge.

Look out especially for the rare Ivy Broomrape growing on the grassy banks of the Cut. Recognised by a yellowish-purple stem and creamy flowers, it is unusual in that it is a parasite of ivy roots. 

The Ivy Broomrape is illustrated on the FrANC logo.  

See our plants list (pdf) and our flowering plants list (pdf).


At least 30 species of trees have been noted along the New Cut, including one or two rather large fig trees.

As non-native to the UK, it is believed that these grew up from fruits discarded by passing sailors when the New Cut was in regular use.

See our trees list (pdf)

Butterflies and Moths

Go to the Butterfly Junction page for more information about butterflies and moths.