Salisbury Discovery Nature Trail

The current pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, some of us are struggling with not being able to go about our daily lives as we normally would, however IMG 7076during lockdown wildlife seemed to thrive. As the restrictions have eased (although still ever changing) why not take time for your mental and physical health to explore our city. We have created a trail which showcases various species that call Salisbury home. The trail is made up of 15 posts with special zinc plaques that you can create a rubbing from. These posts are dotted around our parks and open spaces which may take you to places you have not visited or knew existed.

We have highlighted only a few of the species we have surrounding us and hope to update the trail in the future to provide more information on different species from insects and birds to trees.

The trail will take approximately a day to complete in one trip. We would encourage you to make a day of it to ensure you fully enjoy the sights, sounds and smells to its greatest potential. Why not take a picnic with you to enjoy in one of the parks or open spaces.

Complete the trail during different seasons and different weather conditions to see what changes you can spot.

We recommend you wipe the plaque before you complete the rubbing. Salisbury City Council will not be sanitising the plaques.

Click here to download your Nature Trail map

Download your Nature Trail Booklet here or pick up a copy from the Information Centre in Fish Row and Salisbury Shopmobility.

We would love you to take photos as you go on the trail, whether or not it is related to the species included in the trail, it could be a pretty plant, beautiful view or a common daisy, upload them to the dedicated Facebook page here. Along with a camera/smart phone it may be worth taking a pair of binoculars with you as some species are best seen from a far so they don’t feel threatened.

You can start the trail in the centre of the city and can then easily return after a short walk back to the city centre.  IMG 7087

If you are using a vehicle to get to the starting point we suggest you park in one of the central car parks which allows long stay. For reference Lush house car park is a maximum of 3 hours and is patrolled by Wiltshire Councils parking ambassadors. 

Please note this trail has a mixed terrain although a number of ours parks and open spaces have paths not all of these locations do, so it may not be suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. We have tried to provide you with as much detail as possible about each park/open space in the link below. You will find a key below for the relevant symbols through the link of the route.
We have also linked names of our parks and open spaces to the relevant page on our website where possible and provided a link to google maps so you are able to find the location easily.

Click here to view our recommended route

You will soon be able to download our map guiding you to the location of each of the special zinc rubbing plaques that are dotted around the City.

There is limited parking available at selected locations but we would encourage you to ditch the vehicle where possible and instead walk or cycle the route/s.

The trail can also be broken down into sections, in which we have split it into three, as shown below so you can easily complete the trail on different days in the most efficient way. Although you can split the trail into even smaller sections too if required.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens Bishopdown Sports Field Middle Stree Meadow
The Maltings Link Way Harnham Cricket Pitch
Grenncroft 3 Corner Field Harnham Slope
Salisbury Arts Centre Hudsons Field New Bridge Road
Wyndham Park open Space Victoria Park Churchill Gardens

Don’t forget - There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing and footwear! Please dress appropriately for the season and conditions on the day.

To keep the areas looking their best, we ask that you put your rubbish in the bins provided, or alternatively take it home to dispose of. Leaving litter behind can be devastating for our wildlife and creates an eyesore in our beautiful landscape.

We hope you enjoy the trail as much as we have putting it together. If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. Please send it to or to The Communities Team, Salisbury City Council, The Guildhall, Salisbury, SP1 1JH