Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve is a 150 acre nature reserve on the edge of the Severn Estuary between Portishead and Royal Portbury Dock. The nature reserve is a mix of open space, wetlands, residential green space and a large grassy salt marsh that overlooks the Bristol Channel.
The nature reserve was created in 2008 to offset the impact of building 2500 new houses in Portishead that borders the green area. It’s a crucial conservation area for wildlife as it rests of the Severn Estuary and serves as an important wildlife corridor to the reserves of the Gordano Valley. The land is very well looked after by the Friends of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve and North Somerset Council, so there are lots of routes flat routes for wheelchair users, pushchairs and bikes.
Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve is also hugely dog friendly! There were so many dogs with families when we visited, the only places they cannot go in are the ponds and sanctuary, but this is clearly signposted. Please be aware that there there are lots of birds around, particularly around the pond, so dogs need to be on a lead if too curious in the wildlife. It was the first time Bella saw swans, so we put her on a lead to make sure as she didn’t quite understand them! The other area of wildlife to be cautious of are deer in the saltmarshes, they often lie down, so they cannot be seen at first.
There are some great circular routes to walk around, we took the longest one, lasting about 1.30 hrs. For a great dog friendly pub close by, walk to Hall & Woodhouse in the quay marina.
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