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, November 04, 2007

Looking ahead - future work mornings

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group holds regular work mornings on Sundays, meeting at the Shire Way gate at 10.00 am and finishing by 1.00 pm. It's not as strenuous as it sounds - please come along, do a little practical work and learn about the Nature Reserve.

Our provisional plans for the next work mornings are:
Jan 27 - Coppicing and general conservation
Mar 2 - Planting to fill gaps in picnic area hedge, general litter pick
May 18 - Survey of early woodland flowers, birds etc

Please wear wellies or stout footwear and appropriate clothing. If you want to find out more please contact Paul Hulbert on 01454 315851 or Isabel Ryan on 01454 313055.

Report from Work Morning Sunday 4 November

Another busy work morning, mainly planting oak trees along the edge of the Common near the picnic area. We have ideas of establishing an avenue of trees in years to come. Digging was hard going in places - when the track and drainage ditch were created, it looks as if the stones were mainly piled up where we were trying to dig!

The oak trees were all of local stock. A local resident grew them from acorns gathered at Wapley, and brought them on in pots.

We also did a bit more to the stream through the wood, sawing away some branches that were partly blocking the stream bed.

Dave and Ann finish planting an oak

Mary and Malcolm deciding where to put the next one
This small frog showed an interest in our progress

Photos by Isabel Ryan

Report from Work Morning Sunday 2 September

We spent this work morning clearing the stream through the middle of the wood, trimming back branches from footpaths etc. The stream only runs during periods of heavy rain, but then the water from the top ditches has to drain somewhere. It flows down through the wood and then dives underground, crossing the common towards the kissing gate (you can see a depression in the ground where the stream runs underground).

Paul clearing a section of the stream bed
A "team photo" for the day
- Paul, Isabel, Mary, Dave, Tim and Malcolm.

Photos by Isabel Ryan

Friday, November 02, 2007

Comments welcome - "in moderation"!

Recently several comments have been left on this blog that are adverts for pharmaceuticals or have links to undesirable websites.

I've now switched "Comment Moderation" on, so when you submit a comment I have to check it before it will become visible. This will allow me to screen out unwanted comments but let through all the genuine ones.

I've also switch on "Word Verification" - when you submit a comment, you will be asked to read a some twisted-looking letters and type them it. The theory is that a spam robot won't be able to do this, but a person can.