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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.


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.

Bar Crawl

This Tuesday (4th October) we’re having a bar crawl! This is a great time to meet and chat with fellow conservationist and those who’d just like to come a long. The plan is to hit up some pubs and end the night in Mbargos (free entry!). Feel free to join us at any time on the bar crawl for however long you want. Don’t be put off if you’re not much of a drinker, there are plenty of people in the society who also don’t drink. The route planned is below 🙂

Steam (formally Roo Bar): 8:00pm
Alterego: 9:00pm
WG Grace: 10:00pm
Mbargos: 11:00pm(ish)

Providence Plantation taster trips

On Sunday 2nd and 9th October we will be having free taster trips to Providence Plantation. Providence Plantation is a piece of University-owned woodland by Long Ashton that BUCG helps manage. We will be cutting back brambles to keep pathways and butterfly glades clear.

You do not have to be a member to come along and the bus fair will be subsidised. Places are limited to if you do want to come along please email Ollie by 12pm on Wednesday 28th September.


Our first event of the conservation calendar will be a picnic at Ashton Court on Sunday 25th September. Join us for fun and food and feel free to bring your friends. We are meeting at 2pm by the Clifton Suspension Bridge. If the the is unkind we will head to a pub instead. You can join our Facebook event page here.

Welcome Fair

We hope you all have had a great summer and are looking forward the new academic year. Things are starting with the Welcome Week and we will be at the Welcome Fair on Durdham Down on Friday 23rd September, 10am-5pm.

Whether you are a Fresher or returning to University, looking to join for the first time or again, we look forward to seeing you. If you are at interested or would just like to drop in for a chat please we will be at our stall, with biscuits to share of course!

You can also sign up for the mailing list by emailing our webmaster, Christopher and join for on £3 by visiting our Bristol SU page. If you were a member last year do not forget you will sign-up again for this one!