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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Wapley Bushes Tree Planting morning - Sunday 27 November

For the first Wapley Bushes tree planting work morning of the winter, we have 90 very small young trees to replace some of the tall trees that were cut down due to ash dieback disease. We will be planting them as a boundary hedge between the Centenary Wood and the Ancient Woodland. As usual there will also be a variety of lighter tasks, so something for everyone.

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 - for example a spade if you've got one - or if not, tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walks – Sunday 6 November and Saturday 19 November

Route marker posts have been put up around Wapley Bushes for two new routes to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and to celebrate her life. There will shortly be a leaflet with details of the routes, which are being launched with two guided walk events.

Sunday 6 November 2022 2.00 pm at Shire Way gate
Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walk –
The Orchard for the Future and Wapley Common

The first guided walk will be on Sunday 6 November 2022 starting at 2.00 pm from the Shire Way gate. The walk will cover Wapley Common, the Orchard for the Future and a short section of woodland. You will be able to learn about local bird life, the historic importance of “home orchards” for local farms and cottages, and how the area is being managed to encourage pollinators, small mammals and owls.

Apart from the slopes either side of the railway bridge the walk route is fairly flat. If the railway bridge would be too much of an obstacle, you can park at the Besom Lane gate and walk across the Common to meet us near the railway bridge.

Please wear suitable footwear – if it has rained the ground may be slippery in places. 











Saturday 19 November 2022 2.00 pm at Shire Way gate
Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walk –
The Meadows and the Woodlands

The second guided walk involves steep slopes and the ground is less even. The walk will cover the rich flower meadows, showing you what to look out for next spring, the problem of ash dieback disease and what is being done about it, and the characteristics of the Ancient Woodland.

Please wear suitable footwear – if it has rained the ground may be slippery in places.


Friday, October 21, 2022

Kingsgate Park Nature Area Work Morning - Saturday 29th October 2022, 10:00am

We shall be undertaking maintenance of this important amphibian site, cutting back undergrowth etc. Please wear wellington boots and bring some gloves and tools if you have them, otherwise they will be provided.

Meet at the Scott Way entrance to Kingsgate Park, Scott Way, Yate, BS37 4NW. There is some parking near at the entrance of Shackleton Avenue, but please be considerate of residents.

Organised by Southwold Local Group of Avon Wildlife Trust.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Free Family Owl Prowl at Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve - Wednesday 26 October 2022, 7.00 pm


Tawny owl - photo by Ian McGuire

A chance to explore the “Creepy Woods” in the dark! This free nocturnal owl prowl will be led by local owl expert Ian McGuire and it will include a mobile PowerPoint presentation. It’s suitable for all the family – children are especially welcome, though under 16s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring a torch and wear suitable footwear in case the ground is slippery.

Meet at the Shire Way gate to Wapley Bushes, south Yate, BS37 8US. Parking available along Shire Way but please be considerate of local residents.

Free Barn Owl Talk - St Nicholas Family Centre, Abbotswood - Wednesday 19th October 2022, 7.30pm


Barn owl photo by Ian McGuire

Local owl expert Ian McGuire will be giving us this talk on British Barn Owls and their conservation. Come and find out about this fascinating creature! The talk is free and prior booking is not required. Some car parking is available at the rear of the church – the entrance is from the door nearest to the Chargrove car park.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


Sorry for the short notice, but we were not allowed to post info about the river clean up this Saturday until after the Queen's funeral. 

Please come and join other local volunteers for a River Frome clean up on Sat 24th, meet 10.00 am at the Templar Road bridge over the river. We will be clearing litter, and removing weeds. There will be a short training session from 9.30 am that you are welcome to attend.

You can just turn up - or, to make sure we have enough kit, it is great if you sign up, at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-rivers-day-bristol-frome-clean-yate-tickets-421412986587 

This is jointly hosted by Bristol Avon Rivers Trust and Yate Town Council. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Work Morning 18 September - Stream cleared - orchard doing well


Five of us had a very effective work session on Sunday morning (we were probably down on numbers because it was the Bank Holiday weekend due to the Queen's funeral)

We cleared the leaf mould out of the stream bed down through the woods, to stop it flooding. The stream bed was really dry and cracked, so any rainwater will be absorbed straight into the ground for now. There's a section that is badly overgrown, so we'll have to get some help in to deal with that.

The apple trees in the Orchard have fruited well this year, but most of them have been picked already (not that we're complaining - that's what they are there for! And since you ask, yes they are tasty...)

The next Wapley events will be as follows:

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

Sun 27 Nov 10.00 am
Wapley tree planting morning

More details will follow in due course.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Wapley Bushes work morning - Sunday 18 September at 10 am

Come and join in with the volunteers of Wapley Bushes Conservation Group on this volunteer work morning. 
We'll be digging out the bed of the stream down through the woods, so that it won't flood when we get heavy rain.
We’ll also be doing litter collection and a general tidy-up, so there will something for everyone. 
Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring gloves if you have them. Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US.