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Introducing our popular Gorge Trips with The Bristol's naturalist and wildlife expert Ed Drewitt you can explore the Avon Gorge on this fascinating cruise.


Have you ever wondered about what wildlife lives in the Avon Gorge?

Why not join us on the tidal river with Ed Drewitt, naturalist and broadcaster for the BBC as your commentator. It's the perfect way to spot wildlife, surrounded by the green trees of Leigh Woods and the impressive landscape of the Gorge.

Throughout the year, our wildlife trips provide a chance to see the world's fastest bird of prey, the Peregrine Falcon, which breeds in the Avon Gorge.

We'll look out for feral goats in the gully, sleeping foxes on the riverbank and small wading birds such as Redshanks, Lapwings and Common Sandpipers scurrying across the mud. There's often the odd Greenshank as well. Towards Avonmouth we usually spot Shelducks and Oystercatchers.

Travelling by boat is also ideal for spotting Grey Herons ducks to gulls and goats to songbirds there's plenty to see, hear and enjoy along the gorge.

The rocks and cliffs tell a story of the past, from deep seas to sandy deserts and today there are rare plants which can only be found growing in The Avon Gorge.

WHERE: Boats trips staGrey Heron Ed Drewittrt from the S.S. Great Britain. We travel as far as Pill or Avonmouth if the tide allows us.

DURATION: 3.5 hours

WHAT TO BRING: Warm clothes as even on a sunny day there can be a cool river breeze. Binoculars and a bird book are not essential but may be useful. Passengers are welcome to bring a picnic and we'll have soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks available at the bar.

2017 dates

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  • Saturday
    20th May
    11:40 - 15:10
  • Saturday
    02nd September
    14:25 - 17:55