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, April 29, 2018

Lilliput Park - May work mornings

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

The May work mornings will be on Tue 1st and Sat 26th. 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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ridge Wood Evening Bird Chorus Walk - Tuesday 8th May


Take an evening stroll through Ridge Wood and experience the sounds of spring with Ed Drewitt.
Ed is a freelance naturalist and is a regular contributor on BBC's Springwatch and The One Show etc. Further info on his website here.



Meet at Quarry Road entrance to woods - 7:15pm (
see map here )

Pay on Arrival - Adult £3.00 Child - £1.50
No need to book, just come along!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Kennedy Way Pond & River Frome Workday - Saturday 5 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).

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Keep your eyes on the skies!

The weather seems to be bringing in some birds that are unusual for our area. Craig Lewis spotted a pair of Red Kites above Maisemore, just off Shire Way yesterday:

Photo by Craig Lewis
They stayed around for quite a while and gradually moved off heading north.

What's more Craig also spotted a Hoopoe early this morning at Kingsgate Park - that's quite a rarity, the RSPB reckons that only about a hundred make it to our shores each year. In case you see it, here's what they look like:
Source: RSPB


Sunday, April 08, 2018

Ridge Wood work morning - Sunday 22 April

Meet at 10.00 am at the Melrose Close entrance to woods (see map here)
Jobs to suit all abilities, gloves and tools provided
Finish at 12:00 noon approx.

Find out more from the Ridge Wood websit

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Goose Green Workday - Saturday 14 April

We shall be undertaking reserve maintenance on this local grassland and wetland nature reserve such as path clearance plus litter picking. Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring some gloves.

Please meet at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, north Yate, BS37 5TN, 10.00am.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Planting for generations to come - report from Wapley work mornings March 2018

We had a good work morning on Saturday 17 March, despite the bitter cold and snow flurries. Although there were only four of the regular volunteers, we were joined by 19 guides and 3 adults from the First Westerleigh Guides, who meet at Abbotswood Primary School.

The guides planted 48 Yellow Archangel plug plants, a typical flower of ancient woodlands and hedgerows, and did a big litter pick. Their spring cleaning even unearthed a metal backplate from a washing machine, that someone had been using as a slide. We were very impressed by the girls' energy and enthusiasm.

Meanwhile the volunteers concentrated on tree planting in the woodland. The priority task was to put in 10 large Wild Service Trees, a tall deciduous broadleaf that is quite rare in the UK. By the time we had done this time was getting on, and we decided to pack in to avoid getting frozen.

Five volunteers returned again on Wednesday 21 March and planted the smaller young trees - 8 each of Oak, Broad Leaved Lime and Black Poplar. Although there were more of them they were easier to plant than the Service Trees - they only needed a simple "T cut" rather than a large hole for the roots.

So that completed our Wapley planting programme for the winter - 100 tree in all that will provide the replacement high canopy when ash dieback disease has eventually taken its toll.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lilliput Park - April work mornings

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

The April work mornings will be on Tue 3rd and Sat 28th. 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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quiz Night Live! - Friday 13 April

This is your chance to have some fun and pick a team of Eggheads and bring them along to our general knowledge quiz in aid of Avon Wildlife Trust.

You are most welcome make up a team name and bring your own snacks and beverages. We will also be serving tea and coffee for you in the break.

Quiz teams are usually made up of four players at a cost of £2.50 per individual team member. Please contact Malcolm on 01454 310328 to book your team's place.

Venue: The Old Grammar School, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, 7.30pm.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve Workday - Saturday 17 March

We shall be undertaking more tree planting that will help to enhance the biodiversity of this precious nature reserve and doing a spring clean too. Please wear stout footwear.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ridge Wood work morning - Sunday 11 March

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

Jobs to suit all abilities, gloves and tools provided
Finish at 12:00 noon approx.

Find out more from the Ridge Wood website

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lilliput Park - March work mornings

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

The March work mornings will be on Tue 6th and Sat 24th. 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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Report from Wapley tree planting 18/02/2018


We had an excellent planting morning at Wapley Bushes yesterday. The weather and the ground conditions were kind to us, and we put in 34 trees - a mixture of common oak, black poplar, whitebeam, smalled-leaved lime and wild service tree (rowan/mountain ash)


Sunday, February 04, 2018

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve Workday - Sunday 18 February

We shall be doing a mixture of tree planting on the reserve plus pruning of the local variety fruit trees. Please wear stout footwear, bring gloves and a pair of secateurs if you have them.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lilliput Park - February work mornings

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

The February work mornings will be on Tue 6th and Sat 24th. 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, January 20, 2018

Primrose Bank Workday, Chipping Sodbury - 3 February

This workday is to clear brambles to help spring flowers has been organised by the Southwold Group of Avon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Frome Forum. Please wear outdoor clothing, gloves and stout footwear.

Meet at 10am on the east side of Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury near the zebra crossing by the entrance to the Frome Valley Walkway.