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.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Drought? What drought? (Here anyway)

We've heard a lot recently about a predicted drought in the South East. Here in the West the recent rain has left the ground really sodden - some of the woodland paths are rather muddy, and the pond is full. It's good for the ferns (see picture), though the last of the bluebells are just going over.

The meadows are full of flowers, and vegetation is growing fast everywhere - perhaps because the weather has also been mild. When the sun shines, a few butterflies are also coming out to enjoy the blooms (see picture).

The treetops are full of quarreling rooks. I sometimes wonder how they find so much to argue about. It's good to see them performing acrobatics above the Upper Meadow.

Summer here we come...

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Workday 7 May 2006

A good workday today - lovely sunny weather. We've put eight dormouse nesting boxes in the wood. They're dark coloured rectangular tubes fastened to horizontal branches. This is part of the Dormouse Survey - we'll be checking the boxes later on to see what species are nesting in them.

Click this link for more on dormice.