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, August 06, 2022

Green Flag, Green Woodpecker

 


Wapley Bushes Conservation Group are over the moon to have been recognised with the Green Flag Community Award 2022. We think this is the 13th time we've received this award - we're losing count! The award recognises how well our community volunteers manage the Meadows, Woodland and Orchard of Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve for everyone to enjoy.
 

In keeping with the "Green Theme", we spotted this lovely juvenile Green Woodpecker on Wapley Common recently, near the woodland edge towards Rabbit Corner.


Monday, July 25, 2022

Dates for your diaries

We're having a bit of a break over the summer, but please put these dates in your diaries:

Sun 11 Sep 2 pm Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Walk – Orchard and Common

Sun 18 Sep 10 am Volunteer work morning – clearing the stream etc

Sat 24 Sep 2 pm Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Walk – Meadows and Woods

Wed 19 Oct 7.30 pm Barn Owl talk at St Nix, Abbotswood by Ian McGuire

Wed 26 Oct 7.00 pm Owl Prowl at Wapley by Ian McGuire

More details will appear on this page closer to the events.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Tidying up in progress

Bee on Buddleia

The Wapley tidying-up work morning on Saturday 2 July was cut short by incoming rain, but the eight of us cleared invasive growth on the railway bridge, leaving the plants that are most valuable for pollinators. We opened up the area round the bug hotels and removed some invasive plants from the Orchard area.

Our contractor is currently working on clearing the main paths through the woodland - the alternate warm weather and rain this summer has accelerated the growth along the paths.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Successful walks at Wapley

14 of us had a great species walk afternoon on Sunday 12 June, led by Rupert Higgins of Wessex Ecological Consultancy. We explored the meadows aand found a whole range of different flowering and grassland species.

Rupert writes the Five Year Plan for Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve. This is the basis for our long term ecological management of the reserve.

We also welcomed 8 members of Yate WI for a walk the following evening, covering the Orchard and the Common (not to mention steam trains and other local history!)

Common Orchid and Bird's Foot Trefoil ("Eggs and Bacon")
Common Orchid and Bird's Foot Trefoil ("Bacon and Eggs")

Don't forget that we're doing a Nature Reserve Tidy-Up morning on Saturday 2 July. We'll be meeting at 10.00 from the Shire Way Gate, everyone welcome even if you haven’t been before (children under 16 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult). 

Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Wapley Nature Reserve Tidy-Up – Saturday 2 July

 

We’re expecting a lot of visitors over the summer, so it’s time for a tidy-up. We need to do a “deep clean” litter-pick and cut back along the edges of some of the paths, so there will be something for everybody, as always.

Meet at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Discover our local native species - free guided walk Sunday 12 June


Free Event - Species Identification Walk with Rupert Higgins of Wessex Ecological Consultancy.

Sunday 12 June at 2 pm from the Shire Way gate entrance to the Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, guided by Rupert, who also writes our Five Year Management Plans for this Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve.

The meadows are home to a wide variety of species, and we are anticipating seeing lots of interesting plants and insects. Please come and join us.

We're planning some more walks during the summer - please check back here for updates.

Planning meeting for Wapley Bushes, Wed 8 June – please come and get involved!

 

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group will be meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday 8 June to plan project work to the end of the year and beyond. This time we’ll be back to a face to face meeting in the Council Chamber at Dodington Parish Hall, Finch Road BS37 6JZ.

We would very much like to see some of our volunteers there. There will be a quick AGM, then the detailed committee meeting to plan out what we’re aiming to do between now and the end of the year.

If you would like to find out more, please email
paul.hulbert@gmail.com so that we can send you copies of the meeting papers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Good wildflower planting morning!

 

We had a very successful morning on Saturday 7 May, with 11 volunteers planting 300 wildflower plug plants in the Orchard for the Future at Wapley Common. It was good to see some children taking part.

Our objective is to increase the diversity of the grassland area by introducing a range of flowering plants that pollinators love. In this session we planted Devil's Bit Scabious, Lesser Knapweed, Betony, Yellow Rattle and Oxeye Daisy, so we should see a mix of blue, purple, white and yellow flowers appearing in a few weeks time.