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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week's butterfly


Butterfly at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve this week - not sure what species.

If you click the image you may be able to zoom in to see more details.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lilliput Park work morning - Tuesday 7 June

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

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 and bring gloves if you have them.

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

River Frome and Kennedy Way Pond Spring Clean - Saturday 14 May

We shall be carrying out a general spring clean by the River Frome and at the Kennedy Way 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).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beating the Bounds of Yate Common - Sunday 1 May


Beating the Bounds is a traditional local activity for Rogation Sunday, walking round the boundaries of the Common so that people know what they hold as a community asset. In some places they beat the bounds of an entire parish, or ride round the boundaries of larger parishes.

The Common was nearly sold off for housing some years ago, but a determined campaign by local people (many now in the Focus Team) kept it in public ownership. This gives beating the bounds of the Common a special meaning. Please bring your children to show them what a lovely area we have just on the edge of the town.

Please come and join the walk, which starts from the kissing gate opposite St Briavel's Drive at 3pm on Sunday 1 May. Dogs are welcome, and if you can bring a small child even better.  As long as they are don’t mind (too much) they get turned upside down at each kissing gate/corner and then given sweets, which is our take on the original practice of beating them with sticks and then giving them a coin.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bluebells at Wapley in full bloom


If you want to see the bluebells at Wapley, go in the next few days - they're really splendid at the moment. They are spread out around the path in the main woodland. The paths are good, easy walking.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ridge Wood Evening Chorus Walk - Wednesday 4th May

Join the Friends of Ridge Wood for an interesting walk through the woodland led by Ed Drewitt and  learn how to identify the songs and calls of the common birdlife inhabiting Ridge Wood and the local area.


Meet at the Quarry Road entrance at 7pm.

Suggested donation: £2 adults, £1 children.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lilliput Park work morning - Tuesday 3 May

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

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 and bring gloves if you have them.

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