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Pancake social

We are having our annual pancake social on Thursday 2nd March at 7pm! We will supply all ingredients so don’t worry about bringing anything (though they would always be welcome). Here is the Facebook event page.

 

 

Browne’s Folly

On Sunday 5th March we’ll be doing a joint trip with Bath University Volunteering Society to an Avon Wildlife Trust reserve at Browne’s Folly.

It is a lovely mixed woodland site with a limestone grassland in the middle. We will be doing some scrub clearance then burning all the material on a bonfire (perfect for toasting plenty of marshmallows and donuts).

If you would like to come please email Ollie by 7:30pm on Wednesday 1st March. As usual, if the trip is oversubscribed we will pick names out of a hat. If you do not get a place you will be guaranteed one on the next trip you sign up to.

Providence Plantation

We will be returning to Providence Plantation on Sunday 19th February. The plan is to finish preparing the butterfly glade to be seeded with wildflowers in April. This will involve some dead hedging, root removal, and possibly scrub bashing if there are enough of us.

If you wouldd like to come, please email Ollie by 7:30pm on Wednesday 15th February.

We will be leaving Bristol at around 9:45am, returning at around 4-5pm and possibly going to the pub afterwards.

Providence Plantation

To start the term off we will be going back to the university’s own woodland, Providence Plantation, on Sunday 5th February. We will be doing some more scrub bashing, path clearance and hopefully some dead hedging to mark out the paths more clearly.

If you would like to come, please email Ollie by 5pm on Thursday 2nd February. You will need money for a ticket if you are traveling by bus.

We will be leaving Bristol at 10:35am from the bus station and returning at around 4-5pm and possibly heading to the pub.

Hedge-laying with the Avon Wildlife Trust

Saturday 10th December will be the last trip of the term when we will be hedge-laying with the Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) on one of their reserves near Bath. This involves cutting, bending and weaving live plants into a robust, living barrier.

Joe of the AWT has kindly offered to drive us there in their minibus. If you are willing to drive you car we can take more of us.

We’ll be leaving Bristol at 9:30am and returning around 3:30-4:00pm. If you’d like to come, please email Ollie by 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th December.

Providence Plantation

We are going to Providence Plantation on Sunday 27th November. This will be the inuagral trip for our new Providence Plantation officer, Louise. We will be doing some more scrub bashing, path clearance and perhaps some dead hedging to mark out the paths more clearly. We will leave Bristol at around 9:30am and returning at around 4-5pm perhaps with a visit to a pub afterwards.

If you would like to go please email Ollie by 5pm on Thursday 24th November.

EGM

Update: Congratulations to Louise was was voted in as our new Providence Plantation officer!


On Wednesday 23rd November we will be holding an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to elect our new Providence Plantation officer. This will take place at The Kings Arms on Whiteladies Road at 7pm.

The role is in being in charge of directing the management of Providence Platation – the piece of university owned woodland near Long Ashton that we look after. This involves planning the work we do there and liaising with the university where necessary to form an action plan. Also, as part of the committee and get to have a say in the running of BUCG. If you would like to run for the position please email Ollie by 11pm on Tuesday 22nd November.

Guaranteed to be far more cheerful than certain other recent elections, these meetings are very relaxed affairs open to all members. Come cast your vote and have a chat.

Christmas Dinner

On Thursday 8th December we’re holding a Christmas Dinner at the Eldon House. We are partly subsidising the meals so two courses will cost you £13.50 and three will be £18.50. The menu is can be found here. Email Jess with your order, or alternatively post it on the Facebook event page. We will arrange a time to collect your deposit (£10, which will be taken off the cost of your meal on the day). We need to know your order by 20th November.

Pizza & Board Games Social

On Wednesday 16th Novemeber we will having a fun evening social with pizza and board games starting at 7pm. You can visit the Facebook event page for more details.

Alfrick weekend

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November we’ll be going on a weekend trip to Alfrick in Worcestershire to work on the Ravenshill Woodland Reserve.
The reserve is run and lived on by Trevor and Annette, who have plenty of wildlife wisdom to share – also Annette is a fantastic cook who kindly makes us lunch each day. We’ll be staying at the Village Hall overnight and got to a local pub for dinner on Saturday evening.
The cost of the trip will be £15, which is subsidised by the society and includes travel, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and snacks (though this will not include the the pub food, so remember to take money for that as well).
This trip is always one of the highlights of the year. If you’d like to come please email Ollie by 11pm on Sunday 6th November.