Friends of Brislington Brook

We are a friendly group of local volunteers who help care for Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Woods for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.

We organise conservation work parties every month with activities include litter picking, bramble control and himalayan balsam pulls. We also run wildlife walks to help people get closer to nature.

We have a meeting on the first Wednesday of every month to plan our activities. Anyone is welcome. If like to join us, please get in touch here.

Our aims

  • Wildlife protection – we protect and improve the spaces so that wildlife can thrive
  • Maintain facilities – we work alongside Bristol Council to ensure the space is cared for and kept accessible
  • Wildlife education – we offer education events to encourage people of all ages to enjoy and respect local wildlife
  • Inclusive wellbeing – we help everyone to access their local wild place, improve wellbeing and build community

Brislington Brook

Brislington Brook rises near Whitchurch (at Maes Knoll) and flows north for 5 miles through Brislington until it discharges into the River Avon. On its route, the brook travels through two beautiful woodlands, Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood. Both areas are owned by Bristol City Council.

Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood are popular with families, dog-walkers and nature-lovers. The woods are an important habitat for wildlife and offer a natural sanctuary in the heart of Brislington.


Nightingale Valley has good accessibility via a track leading down to the river from behind the Brooklea Health Centre. Both woods can be very muddy after rain and may require suitable footwear.

Parking is available on the road at Hill Lawn by the entrance to Nightingale Valley, or in the car parks at St. Anne’s Park Bowls Club or Wyatt’s View Co-op to enter St. Anne’s Woods.

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