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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Goose Green Spring Clean, Saturday 12 April

Help preserve this local grassland and wetland nature reserve! We shall be undertaking reserve maintenance such as path clearance and a general reserve tidy up.  Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring some gloves.

Please meet at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, North Yate, 10.00am.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Countryside Walk, Sunday 6 April

This will be a guided tour of the scenic River Bybrook area near Slaughterford, Wiltshire and our walk leaders will be the experienced guides Richard and Pauline Wilson. Please wear walking boots or other stout footwear and please note that ample free car parking is available at the Wickwar Road car park.
Meet for a car share at the Clock Tower, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, 2.00pm.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring has sprung, and we've cleaned it!

It was a lovely spring morning today, and we made the most of it. Half a dozen volunteers scoured the Nature Reserve and the Common picking up litter and giving the Reserve a "deep clean". Fortunately there wasn't too much rubbish except in the couple of usual litter "hot spots".

Meanwhile Tim went round the young trees in the Orchard for the Future applying deer repellant and administering minor "first aid" where necessary. The trees are looking good.

Thanks to everyone who took part today!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Quiz Night Live! Friday 21 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.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Dry Stone Walling Course at Dyrham Park, Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 May

This is an opportunity to learn the traditional countryside craft of dry stone walling under the tuition of experienced practitioners. The two day course costs £60 and for more information and to book a place please contact the National Trust at Dyrham Park on 01225 892374.
Please meet at the visitor centre at 9.30am on both days and Dyrham Park is 2 miles south of the M4 Junction 18 on the A46 (satnav postcode: SN14 8HY).

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wapley Local Nature Reserve Workday, Saturday 15 March

We shall be undertaking general management tasks, including 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.

Temporary footbridge for Wapley

It looks like Network Rail have listened to councillors and users of the path over the footbridge to Wapley Bushes. They have put in an application to divert the path via a temporary footbridge while they raise the bridge to get clearance for the overhead cables for electrifying the line.

Clearance work has recently started on site and we are now waiting for Network Rail to sort out the details of the paths to make sure that the slope isn’t too steep.

Report from Wapley Work Morning, Sunday 16 February

A very busy work morning, as nine of us tackled some major jobs. Tree planting, fruit tree pruning, litter picking, cutting up fallen trees, and hydrological engineering!

We cleared some fallen trees and then tackled the blocked outlet from the Top Pond. To find the blockage we first had to hack our way up through the middle of a hedge:

I think we've found the source of the Nile
- Dr Livingstone I presume?
The blockage which was making the Top Pond too deep turned out to be fallen tree branches under the water. Some of them were so rotten they looked like been spare parts for the Mary Rose. Eventually we were rewarded with success as the stream started to flow rapidly - we calculated the flow rate as about at around a tonne of water a minute. The pond was already several inches lower when we left - objective achieved.

The stream is now flowing healthily again
Meanwhile our other work parties were pruning back the small fruit trees in the Orchard for the Future and generally tidying up the Nature Reserve. A good morning's work!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Worst mud patches being repaired

Dodington Parish Council has generously agreed to finance repairing the worst parts of the weather damage on the Nature Reserve. Stone will be put on the mud patches on either side of the bridge between the two meadows, and the worn steps at the bottom of the Lower Path in the main woods are being rebuilt.

Meanwhile the Conservation Group is looking for finance to restore the more extensive lengths of paths within the woods.