Bristol University Conservation Group


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The BUCG Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 7th May from 6pm at The Kings Arms. This is your chance to have a say in what goes on in the society, and potentially become a part of running it.

Being a part of the committee is a great way to get more involved and have loads of fun, as well as boost your CV, especially if you’re thinking of going into a career in environmental work. Even if you do not want to stand for a position, come along to vote and chat.

If you would like to run for a comittee position you can email Ollie or stand for it on the day. I you would like to make any admendments to the consitution please send them to Ollie by Wednesday 3rd May.

Mind You Head trip to Providence

Why not head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful springtime to ease the stress from exams and coursework?
As part of the Mind Your Head campaign we are heading to Providence Plantation on Sunday 30th April to clear and seed the wildflower meadow. As this is about de-stressing if you do not feel like doing much then do not worry, the picnic bench will be covered in drawing and colouring materials, and will be a quiet space for anyone to go at any time and you can just stop to admire the woodland.
If you woud like to come, please email Ollie by 7pm on Wednesday 26th April.

The Community Farm

On Saturday 1st April we are heading to the The Community Farm – a community-owned social enterprise based at their organic farm near Chew Magna. They are wildlife-friendly and have organised a day of volunteering activities for us. Currently uncertain what we will be doing exactly but it may involve growing things, bit of a change from our usual hacking and slashing!

If you would like to come please email Ollie by 7pm on Wednesday 29th March.

Drawing social

We are holding a social at the Union Baloon Bar on Thursday 23rd March at 7:00pm. We plan to grab some drinks and do some conservation-themed colouring to de-stress in the last few weeks before term ends. There will also be the opportunity to draw and submit a design for the new logo for this years conservation T-shirts if you want to!

Berrow Dunes

We are going to the beach! On Sunday 19th March we willl be clearing sea buckthorn and planting native shrubs in Berrow Dunes, a SSSI by the Bristol channel.

We will leaving Bristol around 9:00-9:30am and return around 5-6pm. Please email Ollie by 7pm on Wednesday 15th March if you’d like to come.

Devon weekend

On the weekend of the 11th and 12th March we will be having a residential trip to Devon. We will be hedge-laying and coppicing on the home farm of Jamie, an ex-vice-president of BUCG where we will stay overnight after arriving on Saturday and travelling back on Sunday. There will be some delicious home-cooked food courtesy of Jamie’s mum, Jenny who is kindly hosting us. The setting is beautiful and it is sure to be one of the best trips of the year.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to come along please email Ollie by 5pm on Tuesday 6th March.

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.