Cheddar Complex Nature Reserve
Some of the county’s most threatened habitats and species
Our cheddar reserves are home to many globally-threatened species as well as rare and local species such as the Peregrine Falcon, Small Pearl Bordered fritillary and Lesser Horseshoe bat – all of which can be found on our reserves.
Supported by over 18,000 members, Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving wild places for over 50 years.
Sadly, we have now reached a critical point in the care of some of our most important nature reserves including Black Rock, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom.
Help Support our Cheddar Reserves
Three Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserves make up the Cheddar Complex: Black Rock, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom. The area is famous for its caves and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge, which runs close to the reserves.
Read more about their history.
Find out what wildlife lives here.
Download nature trail map
View the Cheddar Complex on Google maps
The three nature reserves that make up the Cheddar Complex are linked and can be accessed from either end via Black Rock (off Cheddar Gorge) or Velvet Bottom. You need to walk through Black Rock to get to Longwood.
The nearest postcode for Black Rock is BA5 3BT (ST 48205452) & for Velvet Bottom is BS40 7XR (ST 50255550). The postcode will get you close to the reserve but you will need the grid reference for the exact location.