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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lilliput Park - December work mornng

A small band of enthusiasts - the Lilliput Conservation Group - is spending a couple of hours on the first Tuesday of each month, and also some Saturday mornings, tidying up the hedgerows and plantings in Lilliput Park.

The next work morning will be on Tue 5 December. Please come along and help us improve this historic park. We shall be meeting at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10.00 am. Please wear suitable footwear.

After that the Conservation Group is going to be taking a well-earned Christmas break until February, when the work mornings will be the 1st Tuesday and the 4th Saturday in each month.

You can check out the Lilliput Conservation Group on Facebook for more information.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Great planting morning on Sat 18 November

Despite the drizzle, nine volunteers turned up and we set to work with a will, planting 34 new trees in less than two hours. We were planting replacements for the main canopy of the wood in anticipation of ash dieback disease affecting us over the next few years.

Paul Hulbert and Claire Young get stuck in


We have two more planting mornings at Wapley over this winter - Sunday 18 February and Saturday 17 March. Please come and join us - more details will appear here a couple of weeks before the event.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Excellent Owl Prowl at Wapley!

We had a brilliant Owl Prowl at Wapley Bushes this evening with Ian McGuire of Wild Owl TV. We saw four tawny owls clearly as they flew over us, and we think we heard a few more. An extra bonus was seeing some bats as well. We had around 50 people there, with lots of children - just what we had hoped. 

Thanks go to Ian, to the organising volunteers from Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, to South Glos Council for sponsoring the event, and to Dodington Parish Council for their continuing support for the Nature Reserve. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Wapley Bushes work morning – woodland planting - Sat 18 November

This winter we will be carrying out three work mornings planting young trees in the main woodland. Our entire area is at risk from ash dieback disease, and because the main canopy of the wood is ash we need to plant new trees of various other species to take over when the older trees eventually die.

We will also be doing general maintenance work and tidying up the reserve prior to the winter season. Please wear walking or wellington boots.

Meet 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the Nature Reserve.
(Organised by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, financed by Dodington Parish Council)

Friday, November 03, 2017

Friends of Ridge Wood Woodland Work Morning - Sunday 19th November

Work days are a fantastic way to make a contribution to the future of this important local nature reserve, and they are great fun. Suitable for all abilities. New volunteers always welcome, just turn up.

Meet 10.00 am at Melrose Close entrance to woods. (see map here)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lilliput Park - November work mornings

A small band of enthusiasts - the Lilliput Conservation Group - is spending a couple of hours on the first Tuesday of each month, and also some Saturday mornings, tidying up the hedgerows and plantings in Lilliput Park.

The September work mornings will be on Tue 7 November and Sat 11 November. Please come along and help us improve this historic park. We shall be meeting at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10.00 am. Please wear suitable footwear.

You can check out the Lilliput Conservation Group on Facebook for more information.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New date for Wapley Owl Prowl

The Owl Prowl at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, which had to be postponed on Friday evening due to high winds, has now been rescheduled for Friday 10 November at 7 pm.

This Owl Prowl will be led by well-known local expert Ian McGuire. Ian's owl prowls are a night-time walk in woodlands for all the family where you can learn about British owls through his iPad video presentations and through the evening he will be calling wild tawny owls in the hope that one will call back and possibly fly in for everyone to view.

Owl prowls are suitable for all age groups from 5 to 95 and usually involve a limited amount of walking. They are fun and fascinating and will leave participants much more aware of how amazing owls are and what they need to survive in the wild.

No captive owls are used at this event but Ian's success rate for calling in wild owls is approximately 60% so the anticipation of seeing a wild one is always very great. We're hoping that the tawny owls we saw last time on the edge of Wapley Common may put in an appearance once again.

Fri 10 November, meet 7 pm at the Shire Way entrance to the Nature Reserve. Please wear sensible footwear and bring a torch.
(Organised by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, sponsored by South Gloucestershire Council)