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, March 26, 2017

Wapley Bushes celebrates award by planting for the future

Some of the Conservation Group members with their
award certificate and the new trees ready for planting
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group has celebrated being awarded the South Gloucestershire Council Chair's Community Award by taking the first steps in a 20 year strategy to ensure the future of this well-loved nature reserve just off Shire Way, Yate.

We are very proud to receive this award - it's the first time the Community Award has been given to groups rather than individuals. We've been looking after Wapley Bushes for 24 years on behalf of owners Dodington Parish Council, but now it's time to look further into the future.

The major threat to the Nature Reserve is ash dieback disease, which is now within a dozen miles of Yate. Eventually, but fortunately very slowly, we will lose most of the tallest trees that form the canopy of this ancient woodland. We have started a long-term programme of replacement planting with different tall native species - oak, whitebeam, black poplar and small-leaved lime.

We planted our first batch of 30 trees last weekend (25 March), with the help of South Gloucestershire's new Member Awarded Funding scheme. We are aiming to plant another 90 trees next winter, gradually working our way through the woodland. By the time we start seeing major effects from ash dieback, the new trees should be at least semi-mature and the reserve will be able to carry on supporting a wide range of species.

19 volunteers came along to Saturday's work morning, meaning that as well as the planting we were able to carry out a comprehensive spring clean. We were glad to see that there wasn't too much litter around, but even so we came away with three black sacks full.

As well as the Chair's Community Award, Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve has been a regular South West in Bloom and Green Flag Community Award winner. The Conservation Group runs a range of work mornings, walks and activities - for further information please contact Paul Hulbert on 01454 315851 or paul.hulbert@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wapley Bushes - Clearing and nesting

If you've walked round Wapley Bushes in the last few days, you will have noticed that some large bramble patches have been cut down at the top end of the wood. These clearings are ready for the tree planting and clean-up day this weekend (25 March, meeting 10 am at the Shire Way entrance)

On Thursday 23rd you will start to see dormouse nesting tubes on branches in the wood - an ecological consultancy has been given permission to carry out a dormouse survey.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lilliput Park work mornings Sat 1 April, Tue 4 April

A small band of enthusiasts - the Lilliput Conservation Group - is spending a couple of hours on the first Tuesday of each month, and also some Saturday mornings, tidying up the hedgerows and plantings in Lilliput Park.

Our next work mornings are Saturday 1 April and Tuesday 4 April. We will be planting up the rockery and planting shrubs along the wall in the Quiet Corner - there will be lots to do!

Please come along and help us improve this historic park. We shall be meeting at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10.00 am. Please wear suitable footwear and bring gloves if you have them.

You can check out the Lilliput Conservation Group on Facebook for more information.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tree Planting and Spring Clean at Wapley Local Nature Reserve Workday Sat 25 March

We shall be planting 30 young woodland trees and carring out a spring clean, that will help to enhance the biodiversity of this precious nature reserve. Please wear stout footwear.
Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quiz Night Live - Avon Wildlife Trust - Friday 17 March

This is your chance to have some fun and pick a team of Eggheads and bring them along to our general knowledge quiz in aid of Avon Wildlife Trust. You are most welcome make up a team name and bring your own snacks and beverages. We will also be serving tea and coffee for you in the break. Quiz teams are usually made up of four players at a cost of £2.50 per individual team member. Please contact Malcolm on 01454 310328 to book your team's place.

Venue: The Old Grammar School, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AH, 7.30pm.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Friends of Ridge Wood Woodland Work Morning - Sunday 19 March

Work Morning, 10:00am to 12 noon
Work days are a fantastic way to make a contribution to the future of this important local nature reserve, and they are great fun. Suitable for all abilities.
new volunteers always welcome, just turn up.
Meet at Melrose Close entrance to woods. (see map here)
Gloves & tools provided