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.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Wapley Guided Walk Saturday 23 September – The Orchard for the Future and Wapley Common


This guided walk will start at 2.00 pm from the Shire Way gate, covering 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.

Wapley Bushes - more ash dieback work

Dodington Parish Council will have a contractor at Wapley Bushes from Monday 18th September to tackle some trees infected with ash dieback disease.  Please take care if walking in the area, particularly if you have a dog and/or children.  They have put some signs up around the area and the contractor will be closing off small areas and footpaths as necessary to ensure the safety of all.  They will begin working along the lower path in the Ancient Woodland, with further works required in the woodland just beyond the picnic field (known as the Western Wood), and to two large ash trees on the common.

Wapley Bushes work morning Sunday 17 September



Come and join in with the volunteers of Wapley Bushes Conservation Group on this community work morning.

We’ll be digging out the bed of the stream down through the woods, so that it won’t flood when we get heavy rain. We’ll also be doing litter collection and a general tidy-up, so there will something for everyone.

Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools – for example shears or secateurs if you’ve got them – or if not, tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US.