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 25, 2014

Wapley footbridge update

A quick progress report on Network Rail's work to raise the footbridge in connection with the electrification of the Great Western main line.

On the Wapley side of the bridge they have now laid stone along the green lane to the point where the temporary footbridge will be positioned. On the Shire Way side contractors Murphys have been removing excess soil prior to constructing the temporary bridge. If the track to or from the "ash track" is blocked for lorry movements, they will let you through if you ask - the track isn't closed.

The temporary bridge will go up in the fairly near future, and they will then start work on the accesses to the new bridge. Subject to the weather it is planned to crane the old bridge out and crane the new bridge in over a VERY long day on Boxing Day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Triple celebration at Wapley Work Morning

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group have celebrated three major successes this year. We've retained the Green Flag Community Award - awarded for high quality public open space - and gained two awards in South West in Bloom, forming part of Yate and Dodington in Bloom's Gold Pennant winning entry.

Presenting the awards to the Group at the 15 November work morning, Dodington Parish Council Chairman Cllr Christine Howard said "This is all down to the volunteers. Without their enthusiasm none of this would have been possible"

Conservation Group volunteer and parish councillor Paul Hulbert said "We were particularly pleased that our very new project on Wapley Common, the Orchard for the Future, gained the highest possible Neighbourhood In Bloom Award"

"We've already started preparing for next year - since the judges visited, Dodington Parish Council and the Conservation Group have relaid the main path round Wapley Woods so that local people will be able to use it despite wet weather over the winter"


But it wasn't all celebrations - after the presentation we got stuck in and cleared back vegetation on both sides of the pathway from the kissing gate to the Western Wood, plus a "deep clean" of the litter on the Reserve.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Rail works at Wapley footbridge now under way

The work to raise the Wapley footbridge to make room for the overhead cables for electric trains is now under way. Network Rail's contractors have been clearing vegetation and test drilling to check out the ground conditions.

A temporary footbridge will be provided while the main bridge is out of use. Unfortunately the temporary bridge won't be suitable for pushchairs or prams.

Major awards for Wapley


This year we have once again won three major awards. In South West in Bloom, Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future gained a Level 5 Outstanding award, and was part of the route that gained Yate and Dodington in Bloom a Gold Pennant. Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve gained a Level 3 Developing award.

The Nature Reserve and Orchard retained the Green Flag Community Award, the national award for high quality public open spaces. The awards will be presented by the Chairman of Dodington Parish Council Cllr Christine Howard at the start of our next Wapley work morning on Saturday 15 November.

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve Workday, Saturday 15 November

This workday will be a morning of general maintenance work 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.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pond Life - take 2


 

Last week's work morning had to be postponed - it was raining so much that it was too wet to work on the pond! It will now take place this Saturday, 11 October. 

The Kennedy Way Pond recently won an award in South West in Bloom for its range of flora and fauna. Volunteers will be carrying out general management works including vegetation clearance at this local wildlife haven.


Meet at the Kennedy Way Pond, Link Road, Yate Shopping Centre at 10.00am (parking is available at the Yate overflow car park also on the eastern side of Link Road, BS37 4AY).

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Pond life - exercise in the open air

The Wildlife Trust will be holding a workday on Saturday 4 October at the Kennedy Way Pond, which recently won an award in South West in Bloom for its range of flora and fauna. Volunteers will be carrying out general management works including vegetation clearance at this local wildlife haven.

Meet at the Kennedy Way Pond, Link Road, Yate Shopping Centre at 10.00am (parking is available at the Yate overflow car park also on the eastern side of Link Road, BS37 4AY).

Report from Work Morning, 14 September


A dozen volunteers set to and achieved wonders in a couple of hours. We dug out the stream - our annual task - and cleared paths, gathered rubbish and checked our fruit trees. A good morning in the fresh air!

Report from Bat Walk, 13 September

Catching up... The Bat Walk went very well, and all the families who came managed to both "detect" bats and and actually see them. The best place was the pond in the corner of the Upper Meadow, probably because they were feeding on the midges that gather there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Discover nature and find out about the sun this week

The Discover Festival continues with lots of local events. This Friday 26 September at 2 pm there is a Wild Walk in Yate to discover autumn wildlife, fungi and wild edibles with local naturalist Ed Drewitt on ramble around Goose Green. No dogs allowed except guide dogs.

Meet at Goose Green on the Frome Valley Walkway, at the entrance on Oak Close, BS37 5TW. Booking required - press the Book Now button on http://www.southglos.gov.uk/events/wild-walk-discover-autumn-wildlife-fungi-and-wild-edibles-2/

And this Saturday 27 September you can "Discover the sun!" starting 11 am at St. Nicholas’ Family Centre, Chargrove, Yate, BS37 4LG.  Discover more about the sun at this astronomy talk with the Cotswold Astronomy Society plus outdoor observation session using solar telescopes (weather permitting).

No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Age: 12 plus. Booking required - press the Book Now button on http://www.southglos.gov.uk/events/discover-the-sun-astronomy-talk-and-use-of-solar-telescopes/

Many more Discover Festival events are listed here: http://www.southglos.gov.uk/discover-festival/#!/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Success as new proposals received for Wapley footbridge over railway

Paul Hulbert at the Wapley Footbridge
We reported previously that Network Rail's original plans for raising the footbridge from Shire Way to Wapley Common had been rejected by South Gloucestershire Council.

Network Rail have now produced much more realistic plans, with a bridge width of 3 metres which will accomodate bikes and pushchairs safely. They presented their plans to Dodington Parish Council's Planning Committee yesterday evening, and the plans will be made more widely available shortly.

The bridge needs to be modified to cope with the electrification of the main railway line. There will be a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists while work takes place, but unfortunately the temporary bridge will not be suitable for pushchairs.

Work is likely to restart in November, with the bridge being closed from December to March.