Flax Bourton Topics - Natural History

The Wildlife of Flax Bourton

For a small Parish, Flax Bourton contains a wide variety of habitats.

Our small river, the Land Yeo, is edged with willow and alder. The leaves of both trees provide food for many moths, which in turn are eaten by the local bats. Kingfishers have been seen while under the river bridge, an otter spraint was recorded. The wet meadows beside the river contain Ragged Robin and many other damp loving plants.

Bourton Combe, ancient semi-natural woodland, is an important habitat for bats. Yew and small leaved lime are present.

The wide road verges and roundabout at the junction of A370 and B3130 are designated as a local wildlife site. A small group of volunteers has managed 'Flax Bourton Orchid Bank', which is beside the slip road. The removal of scrub has allowed orchids and other flowers to flourish. Here are the rare Pyramidal orchid and the Betony plant, which is used to treat high blood pressure and migraine.

We thank all our local supporters, notably North Somerset Council, Flax Bourton Parish Council and Tarmac, and all who have helped in any way.