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.
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.
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.
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)