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, September 23, 2006

Daddy Long Legs

Have you noticed that large number of daddy long legs (crane flies) that are around at the moment? The other day I was walking across the Lower Meadow, and with every pace crane flies were rising out of the grass. Are you like me, you catch them carefully in the house and release them outside? But they have a Dark Side – their larvae are leatherjackets, root-eating creatures that gardeners hate.
Cranefly or Daddy Long Legs
Their larva, the leatherjacket

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Come and join us from 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm – Should be a hoot!

Suitable for all ages - come and explore the Woods at dusk, please bring the children too. Meet at railway bridge entrance, next to gate and Nature Reserve sign on Shire Way, opposite Cherington. We look froward to seeing you there.

Report from workday 3rd September

We had a good session on Sunday. First we scraped out the bed of the stream (well, drainage channel) in the middle of the wood. You may know the top end, where it passes under the sleeper bridge halfway up the top path.

If we don't keep this stream bed clear the species in the centre of the wood will change as it gets gradually damper and damper. We also have to keep a suitable habitat for a kind of sedge that is locally rare, but grows on the banks of the channel. If you look at the photo you can see the grass-like sedge on either side of the bridge.

The stream bed wasn't wet, despite the recent rain - there are deep cracks in the ground, and any rain just vanishes into the cracks. The water flows underground above a layer of impervious rock across the common and comes out at the bend in the road near the kissing gate, which it why that corner tends to flood in the winter.

We also went round all the main paths cutting back excess vegetation, especially at face level. I know it's been a good growing season, but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing!

Our next workday will be on Sunday 12 November (10am for about 3 hours) - come and help us put up some bird and bat boxes.