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otter spotting

Chair:         Julian Thomas
Secretary:  Simon Cawley
Treasurer: Claire Dowling


Rowan Matthiessen was the project officer employed by the Brislington Community Partnership between July 2011 and August 2014. She is still available to run walks, talks and school workshops on a freelance basis.
Email: rowan.matthiessen @ Phone: 07737344318


3 Responses to Contact

  1. gaveller says:

    Really enjoyed your Batty do yesterday. Sorry we couldn’t stay for the bat walk. Hope you had a goodly number of punters.

  2. claire says:

    I would really like to visit Brislington Brook, yet I cannot find any information of how to find it! I know its in Brislington, I’ve seen your (less than helpful i’m afraid) map and am none the wiser! I don’t want to be driving aimlessly around the streets of Brislington to try and find the place!

    • brookbabbler says:

      Hello Claire,
      Thank you for your message, and firstly allow me to apologise for the delay in replying – I’ve only recently had access to the website. I guess the map you’re referring to is one of those in the ‘Brook Trail’ section, which detail the pathway and entrance improvements. Hopefully we can get a map produced, containing points of interest, sometime in the future.
      You’ll see on those maps that there are several entrances to both Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood. I’ll try to give you a brief explanation, and free free to come back if you have any further questions. Perhaps check some of the roads I mention on Google Maps.
      – The source of Brislington Brook is on Dundry, with two main tributaries, and its mouth meets the River Avon at St. Anne’s Road. One of the tributaries is much culverted through Hengrove, then follows Airport Road. The other tributary is much culverted through Whitchurch and follows Sturminster Road, then the two meet at Callington Road, near Tesco.
      – The main areas to visit, as mentioned before, are Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood, and I’ll try to walk you through. I’ll describe walking upstream, but this can easily be reversed.
      – Starting at the mouth of Brislington Brook there is a free car park by the Co-op. The entrance to St. Anne’s Wood is by the roundabout between St. Anne’s Road and Wootton Road. Follow the path and the brook becomes visible to your right. When you come to the clearing you’ll see the Holy Well of St. Anne in the Wood. Continue upstream and there are various pathways you can explore. The brook is eventually culverted under the railway. Exit the woods to the right and come out on Newbridge Road. Turn left and cross the railway bridge, turning immediately left into St. Anne’s Terrace.
      – You are now entering Nightingale Valley. Again there are various paths to explore, but sticking to the brookside path you come across the ancient Packhorse Bridge and further on the magical ancient bricked-up Plane Tree.
      – The walk finally ends at the Hill Lawn entrance, which is at the bottom of Allison Road.
      I hope this helps.

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