Nature and wildlife

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

                                                                   -Richard Bland, Bristol Naturalists Society

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 here (Leaflets and books). 
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 in our News and Events section (Latest News). 

The Avon New Cut


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
Bat Recording -
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More than 120 species of flowering plants are present between Gaol Ferry Bridge and 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.  
(Plants list) (Flowering plants list)

Ivy Broomrape

Purple Toadflax



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.  (Trees list)




Butterflies and Moths

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

(Butterfly Junction)

Common Blue- male

Marbled White

Orange Tip

Red Admiral

Common Blue- female