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Boiling Wells

On Saturday 17th October, 11am-4pm, we will be going on autumn trip to St Werburghs City Farm to help prepare their Boiling Wells site for their Apple Day event on the Sunday. It is a fun trip in a great part of Bristol with a variety of things to do including apple picking and tidying the paths.  We will most likely head to the nearby pub, The Farm, afterwards.

To sign up please email Emily by 5pm Wednesday 14th October. You must be a member to attend this trip; membership can be bought on our Union page for only £5 for the year. Places may be limited so if the event becomes oversubscribed people will be picked at random to go.

Additionally, if you would like to volunteer for the City Farm’s Apple Day you can email Sophie.

Pub Quiz

On Monday 5th October at 7:45pm we will be going to a pub quiz at the Brewhouse & Kitchen on Cotham Hill. Since pub quizzes are an important pastime of any university student, we thought we’d start as soon as possible. Everyone is free to join us for a relaxed evening of drinks, chatting and quizzing. Be sure to join the event on Facebook.

Providence Plantation Taster Trip

On Sunday 4th October we will be having a taster trip to Providence Plantation. This trip is open to everyone – including non-members – and is a good opportunity to learn about the sort of stuff we do.

Providence Plantation is a piece of university-owned woodland out at Long-Ashton that is an ongoing project for BUCG. We will be clearing overgrown scrub and improving pathways to improve the biodiversity of the wood. It’s great fun out in the fresh air and, as always, no prior experience is needed. If your interested in getting involved please email Emily.

Freshers’ Picnic

Join us by the Clifton Suspension Bridge on Sunday 27th September at 1pm where we will be meeting for a picnic at Ashton Court. As well as being a great opportunity to meet for a chat and get to know the group, you can fly frisbees in a fun-filled frolic and feast from a farrago of food. Fortunately the forecast is for fair weather but if it is in-fact forlorn we can fall-back to the nearby pub, The Mall.

Welcome Fair

Now the summer is over it is time for Welcome Week (i.e. Freshers’ Week) to herald the new academic year – one that is, as always, sure to be packed with Conservation fun. We will be at our stall at the Welcome Fair at the Harbourside on Friday 25th September, 11am – 5pm.

Whether a Fresher or a returning student, be sure to pay us a visit there and sign up to our mailing list; we will happily answer any queries you have and let you know why BUCG is a great group to join. Membership is available on our UBU page for only £5.


This year for our end-of-summer residential trip we’re going back to the island of Anglesey off of the north coast of Wales. The trip will be from Sunday 13th to Friday 18th September. We will be helping out the North Wales Wildlife Trust at local nature reserves and exploring the island.

We will be staying at the Lligwy bunk house which will cost £7 per night (i.e. £35 each for the whole trip). There will be additional costs for transport and food. Do not worry if you cannot make the entire trip – it is fine if you join us for just a couple of days.

This trip is a highlight of the conservation year and always a lot of fun. If you are interested in going please email Emily the week so she can get an idea of numbers for planning and let you know more details about the trip.

Boiling Wells City Farm

From 10am to 2pm on Friday 12th June we will be providing some last minute help to Boiling Wells site of St Werburghs City Farm. They are holding their Summer Fair over the weekend for which we will do some scrub clearance and path maintenance. Also for those interested they are also asking for helpers at the fair itself, which will earn you a ticket, a drink and a meal voucher.

If you are interested in joining the trip please email our vice-president, Alex.

Going Green in Bristol

Bristol will be holding its annual Festival of Nature on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June at the Harbourside with a packed programme of events and activities.

Bristol’s Big Green Week is running from 6th to 21st June with a wide variety of events (including over 120 free ones) across the city.

As you probably will have heard, Bristol is proud to be the 2015 European Green capital. While already an hub for all thing sustainable, this has put green matters at the forefront of the region’s agenda with the city being an international pioneer in sustainability. As well numerous events throughout the year the projects launched from Bristol 2015 will create a lasting green legacy for the local area.

Dolebury Warren

Update: Though only four of us managed to go on the trip we were able to help the AWT build a sheep-proof dry-stone wall. The beautiful summer weather provided and excellent opportunity to go on a butterfly tour of the hill-fort of Dolebury Warren and admire the impressive views. Once back in Bristol we headed to the Grain Barge to some much welcome food and drink by the river.

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.)

Summer Picnic Social

Update: The sun was out for the final social of the academic year. Free from exams stress and fuelled by picnic food, fun was found running around the Downs after frisbees, balls and fellow conservationist (the latter two often hidden in dense thickets).  The social extended into the early evening, in part due to Jimmy’s impressively dedicated and impossible to find hiding spot.

On Saturday 6th June will be having a picnic on the Downs to celebrate the end of exams and the beginning of the summer holiday. Feel free to bring any food, drinks and games. We are meeting at the water tower at 2pm and should be nearby if you want to join us later. You can find the event on Facebook here.

Fortunately the forecast is for some suitably sunny weather though we can go to the Kings Arms at the top of Whiteladies Road in case of rain.