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, July 18, 2021

Really hot "Bees' Needs Walk" at Wapley Bushes on 17 July

Thanks to everyone who came to Wapley Bushes for Wapley Bushes Conservation Group's "Bees' Needs Walk" in the Orchard for the Future. Event photos by Alan Monaghan.

14 of us explored the Orchard, the Lower Meadow and surrounding areas, learning about pollinators and a little local history. We saw lots of butterflies - mainly Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns - and one of the local buzzards put in several guest appearances. 

The Orchard for the Future has recently been given the national Bees Needs Award.

Don't forget that we've got another walk coming up on Saturday 31 July, looking at the woodland and the effects of Ash Dieback Disease. Click here for details


Thursday, July 01, 2021

Summer strolls at Wapley Bushes - two FREE guided walks


Saturday 17 July 10.30 – Bees Needs Week – FREE guided walk

Find out how the Orchard for the Future Project is benefiting bees, birds, fruit and flowers on Dodington Parish Council’s land at Wapley Common. 


Saturday 31 July 10.30 – Love Parks Week – FREE guided walk

The biggest challenge for the woodlands at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve is Ash Dieback Disease. This walk through the woodlands will show you how to recognise Ash Dieback Disease and how you could help with replanting.

Online booking before these events is essential because of COVID. Please do not come along without booking.
Click here for full details and booking links

Monday, May 24, 2021

Planning meeting for Wapley Bushes - please come and get involved!

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group will be meeting on Zoom at 7 pm on Monday 14 June to plan project work to the end of the year and beyond. 

We would very much like to see our volunteers there - it would be an opportunity to find out what we've been doing despite COVID, and to decide on priorities for the near future. There will be a quick AGM, then the detailed committee meeting to do the planning. 

You are all welcome to both meetings. If you would like to attend or to find out more, please email us on paul.hulbert@gmail.com and we'll send you the details of the Zoom meeting and the agenda papers. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Season's greetings from Wapley Bushes


We would like to wish a happy Christmas - despite the current circumstances - to everyone who visits or helps with Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve.

We're sending you this photo because it says to us "There's a fresh New Year coming, just over the bridge". We certainly hope it's better than 2020. If not, we shall send it back under guaranteee...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wapley Bushes Ash Dieback update - work starts 26 October

 We've written previously about Ash Dieback Disease (ADD), and explained that tree surgery is needed this autumn to reduce around twenty major ash trees in the Ancient Woodland to 6 metres high, producing "monoliths" like this:

The monoliths will decay over a period of many years, providing habitat for woodland flora and fauna while replacement trees are growing.

Another five or so large trees were too far gone to be suitable for monolithing, so they are being taken down much lower.

The semi-mature ash trees in the Centenary Wood, between the Ancient Woodland and the Top Meadow, will all need to be felled this autumn as well.

Work will start on Monday 26 October and continue for about two weeks. During that time access to parts of the woodland will be blocked off for safety reasons.


Most of the work on the large trees in the Ancient Woodland has now been completed.  The tree surgeons will be returning on Thursday 5 October to deal with the remaining major trees, and move on to felling the semi-mature trees in the Centenary Wood.

You can read more about Ash Dieback Disease on the Wapley Bushes website
or click here to download the Wapley Bushes Ash Dieback information leaflet

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Caution - adders at Wapley

Please watch out as especially in this hot weather you may find adders basking in the grass. There has been a recent sighting of one on the slope down from the railway bridge to the Common.

Adders are a legally protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, so please don't disturb them. They are quite shy, and usually they are just as scared of people as you might be of them.

Please keep dogs under supervision. If you or your dog is bitten, you should seek immediate medical or veterinary help.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Misuse of Wapley picnic field

With the good weather and the bank holiday, there were groups of people meeting up at the Picnic Field last weekend.  It was a real state when the Parish Council groundsman went to clean it yesterday. There was evidence of drug taking, drinking, disposable BBQs slung in the hedges.  There were the little gas canisters and balloons as well.

Be warned - the police have been asked to put this area on their regular patrol route.