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Middlehill Common

On Sunday 2nd November we will be going to Middlehill Common near Portishead where we will be doing some scrub clearance.

If you would like to attend this trip please email Jess by 5:00pm on Sunday 26th October. There are only 14 places on this trip so if it becomes oversubscribed those who will go will be chosen at random. You will receive an email as to whether or not you have been successful a few days after the deadline.

The cost of this trip will be £3, this money will go towards subsidising the cost of the mini bus.

You must be a member of BUCG to attend this trip. You can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!


On Tuesday 28th October, 8pm we will be holding an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) at the Richmond Pub next to the Union. This is due to the departure of two of our committee members at the start of term: vice-president Jimmy Jackson and tools and safety officer Zoe Digby. We will be electing people to refill those the positions. The event will also be a social one two – we might as well make the most of the occasion!

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions please email our president, Jess. If you are unsure you can always decide to run on the day. You must be a BUCG member to run for a position on the committee. Anybody is welcome to apply, whether you’re a first year or a PhD student. You will be expected to give a short speech as to why you think you’d be good in the role you’re applying for. Then the BUCG members will anonymously vote for the new committee members.

Even if you aren’t interested in running for a committee position come along anyway. You can vote for the new committee members (only members can vote) and have a fun time at the pub!


Boiling Wells

Update: The event went well and the weather was mostly clear. There we very few apples to pick so most of the work was path and other general maintenance as well as other miscellaneous tasks such as chopping onions in preparation for the Apple Day barbecue and erecting gazebos.

On Sunday 19th October we will be going to Boiling Wells, in the middle of Bristol to do some apple picking and path maintenance in preparation for their Apple Day. The Boiling Wells Project is managed by the nearby St Wherburg’s City Farm.

We will meet at 9:15am and walk (for about half an hour); the trip will finish at about 3pm after which we will head to a pub.

If you would like to go please email Jess by 5pm on Wednesday 15th October. There are only 20 places available and if the trip oversubscribed people will be picked at random.

Bar Crawl

Update: Despite the bad weather probably being responsible for a less sizeable turnout compared to previous bar crawls, those who did go had a fun night.

We will be having a bar crawl social on Tuesday 14th October on what if sure to be a great night out. Not even the rain shall dampen our spirits! We will be at the following places at these time:

  1. Roo Bar – 8:30pm
  2. The Penny – 9:15pm
  3. The WG Grace – 10:00pm
  4. Brass Pig – 10:30pm
  5. Lola Lo’s (what used to be Po Na Na’s) – fun o’clock

Volunteering Fair

If you missed us at the Welcome Fair why not drop by and meet us at our stall at the Volunteering Fair? This Fair takes place at the Anson Rooms on Thursday 2nd October at 5:30-7:30pm. We’ll be on hand to answer your questions and add you to the mailing list if your interested in joining.

Pub Quiz

Come and join us for a pub quiz at the White Harte at 8pm on Thursday 7th October. Meet up with other conservation members and test you pub quiz skills.

Providence Plantation Taster Trips

The first proper conservation trips of the year are open to non-members and members alike. This is a great way to find out first-hand more about what we do if you are considering joining. These taster trips to Providence Plantation – a piece of university-owned woodland near Long Ashton to the west of the city.

The management of Providence Plantation is an ongoing, long-term project with which BUCG is heavily involved. We aim to improve the biodiversity of the site while allowing the public to enjoy the wood.

Tasks for the day will most likely include: bramble removal, butterfly glade construction, path maintenance and coppicing.

These taster trips will take place on Sunday 5th October, 10am-4pm and Wednesday 8th October, 1-5pm. If you want to attend one of these days please email Jess by 5pm on Friday 3rd October or Sunday 5th October respectively.

We will meet at Bristol Bus Station and travel by bus to the wood. So unless you are making your own way there by bike be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £2.80 (£4 without discount). The event itself is free.

Musuem Tours

Update: These events are now fully booked.

BUCG and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery are offering a behind the scenes tour of the museum exploring some of their taxidermy and invertebrate specimens that are not currently on display. We will be learning about how these are used in research and can aid conservation work in the Bristol area.

While not exactly traditional conservation events, this is an excellent opportunity which is sure to provide a fascinating insight into wildlife, science and conservation. It will also be a interesting chance to view a normally unseen part of the museum.

You can join the tour on Wednesday 1st October or Wednesday 15st October. The tour is free however a £2 donation at the end is suggest. To book a place visit the links below:


Update: The picnic was a success with lovely weather and a great turnout. It was good to meet lots of new members and we hope to see you on future events.

After the success of the picnic last year we hope to follow it up again to mark the start of what is sure to be another excellent year of conservation. On Sunday 28th September at 1pm we will meet up by the Clifton Suspension Bridge then walk across to Ashton Court where we will have the picnic full of fun and food.

It is a good way to meet new people, chat and generally have a great time outdoors. Hopefully we get the sunny weather we did before though as a back-up plan we can always head to a nearby pub.

Welcome Fair

Update: We met lots of potential new members (as well as some familiar faces) at the Welcome Fair. Plenty of interested people signed up to the mailing list. We hope to see you all at future events.

Do not worry if you did not get a chance to drop by the stall at the Fair – you can always sign up to our mailing list by emailing Christopher and join via our UBU page.


Now that September is upon us the cool of autumn is ushering out the summer. Of course this heralds the beginning of a new academic year starting of with a fun, frantic Welcome week!

As always BUCG will be at the Welcome Fair, Friday 26th September, 11am-6pm at the Harbourside. We will be welcoming new and returning members so be sure to stop by for a chat. Whether you are Fresher or just not been a member before, this is a great chance to find out about what we do, sign up to our mailing list if your interested or join right away. Of course if you were a member before don’t forget to rejoin this year!

We will be holding a number of new events at the beginning of term to get the ball rolling again for the year. Details about them will be posted here and sent around the mailing list.