Troopers Hill in St George, East Bristol, was purchased by Bristol City Council on 14th September 1956. It was declared as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) on 22nd June 1995 (click for copy of public notice) in recognition of the wide range of wildlife present on the hill and its importance as a unique habitat in the Bristol area due to the presence of acidic soils.
Leaflet with map of Bristol's 12 LNRs >>
The importance of Troopers Hill as a geological site was also officially recognised in April 2010 when Troopers Hill was designated as a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site (RIGS) these are now also known as Local Geological Sites.
The central grid reference is: ST 628 731 - Latitude: 51:27:20 North - Longitude: 2:32:12 West. The Local Nature Reserve covers 8.33 Ha (20.6 acres). Taken together with the adjacent woodland and field there is just over 15 Ha (37 acres) of public open space.
The importance of the Hill for wildlife is mostly due to the high number of rare invertebrates that live there, particularly mining bees and bee flies. It is also one of the best sites in Bristol for grassland fungi such as waxcaps. While there is no threat to Troopers Hill from development the heathland and grassland does need protection from the spread of the adjacent scrub and woodland. If you would like to help us look after this unique site please join us at one of our regular Work Parties.