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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lilliput Park - change of date for June midweek session

In June the Tuesday session will be on the 13th because quite a few of us will be attending a funeral on the 6th. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Shire Way Conservation Group going well, events planned

The newly-formed Shire Way Conservation Group has got off to a flying start with a well attended first meeting. "It was exciting to hear the wide range of ideas that people were coming up with" said acting Chair Clare Woodman. "We have lots of potential projects, all aimed at supporting and promoting wildlife in our area"

"We've already made a good start with practical work carried out on our 'Eco Garden' at the Top Shop on Shire Way (see photo).  We are maintaining 'verge' bird feeders and have started to record wildlife we see along Shire Way and in the area nearby"

"What's more we've planned our first public event. On Saturday 10th June we will be running 'Walk and Watch – Wildlife on our Doorsteps', starting at 7 pm at the Top Shop on Shire Way at the entrance to Badgeworth, BS37 8YJ. This will be a great opportunity to see our amazing wildlife in action and as the evening progresses hopefully there will be bat, owl and fox sightings too. It will be good fun for all the family"

Dodington Parish Councillor Paul Hulbert, who has been advising the group, said "It's good to see this new Conservation Group starting off so well. I'm hoping that they will be able to attract more members from roads around Shire Way and Rodford Way, and then start applying for funding so that they can take on more ambitious projects"

"Shire Way Conservation Group already has a lively Facebook group - it's well worth checking out to find out more about the range of nature on our doorsteps"

The next group meeting will be on Tuesday 20th June at Shire Way Community Centre, starting at 7 pm.


For further details please contact either Clare or Mat Woodman by phoning 07907 733056 or emailing clare_woodman@yahoo.co.uk or searching for "Shire Way Conservation Group" on Facebook.

Lilliput Park work mornings Sat 3rd June, also Tue 13th June (may change)

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.

This month the Tuesday session will be on the 13th because quite a few of us will be attending a funeral on the 6th. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We've recently weeded the rockery and nearby shrubs (see above) and started clearing overgrowth on the stream, but everything is growing really quickly now - especially the weeds! Hopefully we'll get enough rain for the wildflower seeds we planted recently to germinate as well.

We've entered for South West in Bloom again, so there's lots of work to do to prepare for judging.

Our next work mornings are Sat 3rd June and Tue 6th June. 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.

UPDATE - We may have to postpone the 6th June as it's the provisional date for a funeral that many of us will be attending. We'll post an update here and put notices up if that happens.

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

Monday, May 01, 2017

Warning - dogs eating something poisonous

Here's an update with full details of what we know about dogs with poisoning symptoms at Wapley and elsewhere.

During the bank holiday weekend local vets dealt with a number of dogs with symptoms of poisoning. Three of those dogs had been at Wapley Common. In one case the vet suggested that the dog had eaten something natural like very mouldy food, mouldy poop etc. We have established that at least two of the dogs had eaten poop in the same location, the picnic field. So we now suspect that this was from an infected animal. The area has been checked and nothing else has been found, and no weedkiller etc is used in the area.

There have been some other cases in the wider area recently. In one place - not Wapley - some chicken carcasses had been thrown out on public land. Elsewhere at least one dog tried to eat something that looked like dog food, and was immediately violently sick. Add to this the number of common plants that are poisonous to dogs, all we can suggest is that owners keep a very close eye on what their dogs might try to eat while they are out and about.

I'll keep you informed of any further developments.

Paul Hulbert, Dodington Parish Councillor and Wapley Bushes Conservation Group.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kennedy Pond & River Frome Workday Saturday 6 May

We shall be carrying out a general spring clean by the River Frome and at the Kennedy Pond nature area.

Meet at the Kennedy Way Pond, Link Road, Yate Shopping Centre, 10.00am (parking is available at the two car parks on either side of  Link Road, BS37 4AY).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wildlife in your garden and nearby - new group for Shire Way and area

If you live off Shire Way or Rodford Way, you could be interested in a new group aimed at encouraging wildlife in gardens and nearby.

Local residents Clare and Mat Woodman said "The group will be launched to give people the chance to share ideas, tips and suggestions in helping to make the area more wildlife friendly and a wonderful place to live.  From backdoor wildernesses to public open spaces we all can play a part in helping to protect and nurture our outdoor areas.  In our busy lifestyles we sometimes lose contact with nature and our projects will be a chance to step back and enjoy the basics again"

"Gaining volunteers to help put up bird feeders and nest boxes along Shire Way will be one of our many initiatives. We're going to have the first meeting of the Shire Way Conservation Group on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7.00pm at Shire Way Community Centre - everyone will be welcome"

"The area already plays host to a variety of birds and animals including green woodpecker, tawny owl and goldfinch.  Part of our work will be to ensure the continuing protection of these species plus the additional support needed for the declining number of bees and hedgehogs affecting us nationwide"

"In collaboration with local councils we will be actively looking to develop roadside 'micro meadows' as well as working towards projects in other areas."

Dodington Parish Councillor Paul Hulbert, who is supporting the project, said "I've always concentrated on larger scale projects like Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, but I'm keen to find out more about these important small scale initiatives closer to home"

"As well as our gardens we have a lot of green spaces in our part of the town, perfect for wildlife. This very local initiative could also be a way for families to get even small children interested in the natural world on their doorsteps"

"This will very much be an ongoing community based project, aiming to reach out to local schools, organisations and existing conservation groups to develop awareness and support. We're hoping to get local experts to come and speak to the group"

For further details please contact either Clare or Mat Woodman by phoning 07907 733056, by emailing clare_woodman@yahoo.co.uk or by checking out Shire Way Conservation Group on Facebook.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yate Common work morning Sunday 30 April

Friends of Yate Common work morning meeting 10.00 am - everyone welcome! For more information about the group and event please check out the FOYC Facebook Group.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Friends of Ridge Wood Woodland Work Morning - Sunday 23rd April

Work Morning, 10:00am to 12 noon
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 at Melrose Close entrance to woods. (see map here)
Gloves & tools provided