Nature Study of the Path Published - lots of protected wildlife found

Sian Parry, of Avon Wildlife Trust, has produced a review of the wildlife known to live in the vicinity of the Railway Path. This was done by analysing the existing work (including the consultants surveys and the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre data).

A key finding is that as well as the "The species identified in records for the Railway Path include badgers (9 badger setts are within 500m of the Path, with 3 being located very close to the path); slow worms, a noctule bat, an adder and a great crested newt.". This is good news for Bristol, and good for the Railway Path. It shows that this "disused railway" does provide clear benefits to wildlife in the city, providing a place to live, and a route between the city and the countryside. Some of these species also have very strong legal rights: it is hard to move them.