Nailsea Town in Somerset
The North Somerset town of Nailsea lies approximately 8 miles to the southwest of Bristol and about 11 miles to the northeast of Weston-super-Mare. Today, Nailsea is a commuter town with a population of about 18,000. The town grew into an industrial centre based on coal mining and glass manufacture, in the eighteenth century, which have now been replaced by service industries. The surrounding area of the 'North Somerset Levels' provides wildlife habitats including the Tickenham, Nailsea and Kenn Moors biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and Bucklands Pool/Backwell Lake Local Nature Reserve. Nailsea is well served by transport links. It is close to the M5 motorway and Bristol Airport, and has railway services at Nailsea and Backwell station, operated by First Great Western.