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, October 24, 2022

Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walks – Sunday 6 November and Saturday 19 November

Route marker posts have been put up around Wapley Bushes for two new routes to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and to celebrate her life. There will shortly be a leaflet with details of the routes, which are being launched with two guided walk events.

Sunday 6 November 2022 2.00 pm at Shire Way gate
Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walk –
The Orchard for the Future and Wapley Common

The first guided walk will be on Sunday 6 November 2022 starting at 2.00 pm from the Shire Way gate. The walk will cover Wapley Common, the Orchard for the Future and a short section of woodland. You will be able to learn about local bird life, the historic importance of “home orchards” for local farms and cottages, and how the area is being managed to encourage pollinators, small mammals and owls.

Apart from the slopes either side of the railway bridge the walk route is fairly flat. If the railway bridge would be too much of an obstacle, you can park at the Besom Lane gate and walk across the Common to meet us near the railway bridge.

Please wear suitable footwear – if it has rained the ground may be slippery in places. 











Saturday 19 November 2022 2.00 pm at Shire Way gate
Dodington Parish Council Jubilee Guided Walk –
The Meadows and the Woodlands

The second guided walk involves steep slopes and the ground is less even. The walk will cover the rich flower meadows, showing you what to look out for next spring, the problem of ash dieback disease and what is being done about it, and the characteristics of the Ancient Woodland.

Please wear suitable footwear – if it has rained the ground may be slippery in places.


Friday, October 21, 2022

Kingsgate Park Nature Area Work Morning - Saturday 29th October 2022, 10:00am

We shall be undertaking maintenance of this important amphibian site, cutting back undergrowth etc. Please wear wellington boots and bring some gloves and tools if you have them, otherwise they will be provided.

Meet at the Scott Way entrance to Kingsgate Park, Scott Way, Yate, BS37 4NW. There is some parking near at the entrance of Shackleton Avenue, but please be considerate of residents.

Organised by Southwold Local Group of Avon Wildlife Trust.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Free Family Owl Prowl at Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve - Wednesday 26 October 2022, 7.00 pm


Tawny owl - photo by Ian McGuire

A chance to explore the “Creepy Woods” in the dark! This free nocturnal owl prowl will be led by local owl expert Ian McGuire and it will include a mobile PowerPoint presentation. It’s suitable for all the family – children are especially welcome, though under 16s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring a torch and wear suitable footwear in case the ground is slippery.

Meet at the Shire Way gate to Wapley Bushes, south Yate, BS37 8US. Parking available along Shire Way but please be considerate of local residents.

Free Barn Owl Talk - St Nicholas Family Centre, Abbotswood - Wednesday 19th October 2022, 7.30pm


Barn owl photo by Ian McGuire

Local owl expert Ian McGuire will be giving us this talk on British Barn Owls and their conservation. Come and find out about this fascinating creature! The talk is free and prior booking is not required. Some car parking is available at the rear of the church – the entrance is from the door nearest to the Chargrove car park.