Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.


The Nature Reserve is run by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, a small group of volunteers.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wapley Local Nature Reserve Workday - Sunday 2 December

This workday will be a morning of woodland planting to enhance biodiversity plus general maintenance and tidying up the reserve prior to the winter season. Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring some gloves.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ridge Wood work morning - Sunday 25 November

Meet at 10.00 am at the Melrose Close entrance to woods (see map here)
Jobs to suit all abilities, gloves and tools provided
Finish at 12:00 noon approx.

Find out more from the Ridge Wood website

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wapley Fungus Foray finds species galore


 The Wapley Fungus Foray on 14 October was a great success. Led by Lee Haywood of the Cotswold Fungus Group, 13 volunteers found a wide variety of fungi. The children were particularly good at finding them.

The event was organised by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group and sponsored by South Gloucestershire Council via Cllr Tony Davis's Member Awarded Funding grant. Many thanks Tony!

Here is a small selection of the other fungi we found - there's an official list, but please don't ask me what they all are!











Success at South West In Bloom Awards

Volunteers Pete Carpenter, Paul Hulbert and Tim
Fairhead in Yeovil with the award certificates
Wapley Bushes received two Outstanding awards - the highest level possible for Neighbourhood entries - at the South West In Bloom awards in Yeovil earlier this month.

The judge particularly praised Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve for "outstanding environmental responsibility" in the long-term re-planting project in the woodland, and for the community participation in events and workdays.

Regarding Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future, the assessor singled out the fruit trees, the grass-cutting rotation providing small mammal habitat (owl prey) and the new bug hotels for special praise.

Lilliput Park, where many of the same people volunteer, gained the Outstanding Award too.

We also congratulate our colleagues of the Wapley Allotments Association for their two Outstanding awards - so it was a clean sweep all round!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kingsgate Park Nature Reserve Ponds Workday - Saturday 27 October

We shall undertaking maintenance of this important amphibian site including the cutting back of vegetation. Please wear gloves and wellington boots.

Meet at the Scott Way entrance to Kingsgate Park, Scott Way, Yate, BS37 4NW, 10.00am (parking is available at the entrance of Shackleton Avenue).

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ridge Wood work morning - Sunday 21 October

Meet at 10.00 am at the Melrose Close entrance to woods (see map here)
Jobs to suit all abilities, gloves and tools provided
Finish at 12:00 noon approx.

Find out more from the Ridge Wood website

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fungus Foray at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, Sunday 14 October


Investigating and learning about our local fungi with expert Lee Hayward of Cotswold Fungus Group.There will be many kinds of fungi about – let’s see how many we can find! This event is sponsored by South Gloucestershire Council. Please wear stout footwear.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland (opposite the road entrance to Cherington), south Yate, BS37 8US, 2 pm

Friday, September 28, 2018

Create a Back Garden Nature Reserve - illustrated talk by Ian McGuire of Wild Owl TV - Friday 12 October

In the second of his two wildlife gardening talks, local expert Ian McGuire explains how creating habitats, putting up nest boxes and feeding animals can change a suburban garden into a miniature nature reserve. This event is sponsored by South Gloucestershire Council and Dodington Parish Council.

Friday 12 October, 7.30 pm at Dodington Parish Hall, Finch Road, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6JZ.