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Dolebury Warren

Our last trip of the academic year will be on Sunday 7th June to Dolebury Warren with the Avon Wildlife Trust. We will be helping them out with an ongoing dry stone walling project. This trip will be an excellent way to get outdoors after the stress of exam season (here’s wishing everyone the best of luck).

If you would like to go please email our new president Emily Ramsden by Sunday 31st May. Spaces are limited so if oversubscribed those going will be picked at random and will be informed by an email with more details about the day. (As per usual you must be a member of BUCG to attend.)


Update: In keeping with the fun-loving nature of BUCG the AGM was suitably informal. A few motions were passed to make adjustments to the constitution and most importantly the new committee was elected. These familiar faces include some previous committee members as well as new ones:

President: Emily Ramsden
Vice-President: Alex Rought-Rought
Treasurer: Katherine Pugsley
Secretaries: Jess Bampton & Emily Stevens
Social Secretaries: Emma Eastcott & Bea Cornu-Hewitt
Tools & Safety: Hayden Field & George Upton
Webmaster: Christopher Lock
Providence Plantation Officer: Stephen Le Fanu

This enthusiastic team are sure to deliver yet another great year of conservation. Hand-overs will be sorted out shortly and you can expect the first trips of the new committee this summer.

The time is coming up for our Annual General Meeting which this year will be held in the King’s Arms at the top of Whiteladies Road on Wednesday 29th April (time to be confirmed). At the AGM we will talk about how the year has gone, discuss and vote on any motions raised as well as elect the new committee.

The committee positions available are as follows:

  • President – runs the society, organises trips and transport
  • Vice-President – assists the president with a variety of task and sorts out clothing
  • Treasurer – in charge of finances
  • Secretary – (two positions: welfare and fund-raising) takes minutes at meetings, in charge of tea, biscuits, sweets and the like (welfare) and liaise with external organisations to secure funds (fund-raising)
  • Tools and Safety Officer – (two positions) takes care of tools and in charge of health & safety
  • Social Secretary – (two positions) organises all social events
  • Webmaster – responsible for the website and mailing lists
  • Providence Plantation Officer – in charge of woodland we manage, Providence Plantation. Plans work for the site and liaises with other organisations such as the Avon Wildlife Trust to work out a plan of action for the site.

Being on the committee is a fun and great experience to become more involved with the society, work together in enthusiastic team to make a difference. Plus it looks great on your CV! No prior experience is required – most of us start from scratch with some advice from our predecessor. If you want to run for a position or have any question you can email our current President, Jess. You can also just stand spontaneously on the day. You are free to run for multiple roles however you can only have one.

You can find our constitution here which contains more details about each committee position. If you would like to propose amendments to the constitution or any other motions please email Jess by Sunday 19th April.

Providence Plantation

Update: On the last trip before the AGM we cleared plenty of brambles and buddleja which fuelled our first bonfire at Providence upon which marshmallows were toasted. The summery weather fortunately decided to stay around for the trip.

On Sunday 26th April we will heading to Providence Plantation for our first trip of the new term. Activities will likely include: path maintenance, coppicing, continuation of the butterfly glade and the chopping of brambles.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

We will travel their by bus from Bristol bus station so make sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £3 (£4.40 without discount – so have your student card with you). The event itself is free. Please email Jess by 6pm on Wednesday 22nd April if you would like to come along. (As per usual you must be a member to attend the trip.) If too many people sign up names will be picked at random. You will be emailed shortly after the deadline letting you know if you have a place and with more details.

Devon Weekend

Update: Due the task for the Saturday being cancelled we spent both days at Jamie’s place. In between the extended breaks we did some hedge-laying along a millstream, built a habitat pile and had bonfire (which we got going despite the wet and very windy conditions). In the evening we played the traditional BUCG game Werewolf. Thanks to Jenny, Jamie’s mum, for having us and cooking us some delicious food including home-grown lamb. This we definitely one of the most fun and relaxed trips.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March we will be in North Devon for our second annual residential trip. On Saturday we’ll be doing some work on the coast. On Sunday we’ll scrub clearing around a pond and in a valley at Jamie’s, our ex vice-president’s, house on the edge of Exmoor. We’ll also be staying at his house on Saturday night.

The trip will cost £15, this covers the cost of transport, accommodation and food, so it’s a pretty good deal! If you would like to go please email Jess before the deadline of Sunday 22nd March 6:00pm.

This trip is always great fun and is sure to be one of the highlights of the year. It is likely to become oversubscribed as we are limited on places due to seats in the minibus. Therefore names will be out of a hat to decide who gets to attend. As usual you need to be a member to attend.

Laser tag

Update: Much fun was had over two rounds of laser tag – a free-for-all followed by a team game – with mix of panicked hopeful pulls on the triggers and unorthodox tactics. We headed to a nearby pub for food and drink to recoup the spent energy.

We will be playing some laser tag on Wednesday 25th March at 7:30pm at Laser Fusion in Broadmead (we will meet up there). After exhausting ourselves with fun running around trying to shoot each other with lasers in the dark we will most likely have a well earned rest and drink at a pub.

AWT pond trip

Update: It turned out we working on the AWT’s newest site, Bennet’s Patch, along the Portway towards Sea Mills. With both BUCG and AWT (plus some scouts who arrived in the afternoon) we were certainly not short of hands to help line the ponds (which had thankfully been dug by machine) while a few painted a storage container a more camouflaged green. This gave us time to have a wander around the nearby woods in weather which, after a grim looking start, was very fine.

On Sunday 22nd March we will be running a trip with the Avon Wildlife Trust to one of their sites where we will be digging three new wildlife ponds. We will meet at the AWT office (32 Jacob Wells Road, BS8 1DR) at 9:50am (please make sure that you are on time, otherwise we may have to leave without you).

If you fancy getting out of Bristol next weekend to do some conservation work let Jess know by emailing her by 6:00pm on Tuesday 17th March. As per usual if oversubscribed people will be chosen at random. Further details about the day will be sent out shortly after. Note that you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).


Mini-Golf Social

Update: After having a fun time at the mini-golf course we headed to the pub. It was an enjoyable evening and successful social.

At 8:00pm on Monday 9th March we will be playing some mini-golf at Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf in Cabot Circus. The student deal is 18 holes and either two largers or one cider for £10 (we will be paying at the door).

If you would like to go please sign up on our Facebook page.

Berrow Dunes

Update: After a rainy start (and going to the wrong car park) the sun come out to provide some great weather. We demolished and burnt plenty of sea-buckthorn. A few of us employed an unconventional tactic of crawling into the undergrowth to cut from within. We had time for a short walk across the beach to the sea and then toasted marshmallows over the dwindling bonfire. Upon are return to Bristol we stopped by at the new Union bar.

On Sunday 8th March we will being going to Berrow Dunes, just south of Weston-super-Mare. There we will be clearing sea-buckthorn by the beach. More information about Berrow Dunes can be found here.

If you would like to go please email Jess by 6:00pm on Sunday 1st March. Bear in mind places are limited so if the trip is oversubscribed people will be picked at random. You will be emailed to let you know if you have got a place. Note that you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).

Providence Plantation Taster Trip

Update: Despite the cold, rain and mud many brambles were cleared and a good time was had. Some of us headed to the pub for some warm food once we were back in town (lesson for next time – leave more time to get to the bus stop). We hope that everyone enjoyed the trip and we see you on others.

On Sunday 22nd February we will be running a taster trip to Providence Plantation. This trip is specifically aimed at non-members as it will provide an opportunity to get an idea of what we do first hand. This event is supported by UBU as part of the Richmond Building re-opening.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University near Long Ashton, just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £3 (£4.40 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess if you would like to come along.

If the trip is oversubscribed names will be picked out of a hat with non-members getting priority. You will be email to let you know if you have or have not got a place on the trip.

Leigh Woods

Update: The weather was bright and clear but chilly however we soon warmed up once we got to work felling trees complete with impressive falling tree sounds. Working on the muddy slopes could be tricky at times but by the end of the day we had cleared a good area and amounted impressive piles of wood. We enjoyed toasting marshmallow on the bonfire and headed to the pub afterwards. Definitely a great trip.

We will be running a trip to Leigh Woods on Sunday 8th February where we will be felling trees. We plan to have a bonfire and toasted marshmallows! These trips are on of our favourites so we recommend coming along.

We will be walking there across the suspension bridge so there is no cost. However to attend you do need to be a member (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!). Please email Jess by 6pm on Monday 2nd February if you wish to go. Places are limited and names will be picked from a hat if oversubscribed.