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.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group autumn events

We've got four events planned between now and the end of the year - there will be something for everyone! So please put these dates in your diaries:

  • Tue 26 October 7.00 pm - Owl prowl from Shire Way gate led by local owl expert Ian McGuire
  • Sun 21 November 10.00 am - Volunteer work morning starting at Shire Way gate - Clearing stream, general tidy-up, showing volunteers what has been happening re ash dieback etc
  • Wed 1 December 7.30 pm - Red Kites talk and slide show at St Nicholas Family Centre, Abbotswood. Ian McGuire's talks and photography are always fascinating
  • Sat 4 December 10.00 am  - Volunteer work morning from Shire Way gate, planting 30 or so trees to replace the big trees worked cut back in the Ancient Woodland last winter due to ash dieback

We'll put more details of each event here and on the Wapley Bushes website as time goes on.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Successful History and Honey Walk on 11 September

 Ten of us started from Abbotswood, exploring Dodington Parish Council's new Memorial Garden at QE2 Kelston Close Playing Fields. We discovered traces of the old Sergeant's Farm and heard about the impact of the coming of the railway.

We crossed over to Wapley Common and explored the Orchard for the Future, learning about pollinators, inspected the bug hotels, and discovered how grassland management for small mammals has attracted tawny owls to nest in the woodland.

On the way back to Abbotswood Paul Hulbert told us stories behind the names of the various roads on our housing estates.