On Sunday 25th October we will be joining the Avon Wildlife Trust to do some conservation work on one of their site; what and where exactly is yet to be decided. We will be meeting at the AWT offices on Jacob’s Wells Road at 9:45am and heading off on a minibus. We expect to be back in Bristol by about 4pm.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Update: It turned out we working on the AWT’s newest site, Bennet’s Patch, along the Portway towards Sea Mills. With both BUCG and AWT (plus some scouts who arrived in the afternoon) we were certainly not short of hands to help line the ponds (which had thankfully been dug by machine) while a few painted a storage container a more camouflaged green. This gave us time to have a wander around the nearby woods in weather which, after a grim looking start, was very fine.
On Sunday 22nd March we will be running a trip with the Avon Wildlife Trust to one of their sites where we will be digging three new wildlife ponds. We will meet at the AWT office (32 Jacob Wells Road, BS8 1DR) at 9:50am (please make sure that you are on time, otherwise we may have to leave without you).
If you fancy getting out of Bristol next weekend to do some conservation work let Jess know by emailing her by 6:00pm on Tuesday 17th March. As per usual if oversubscribed people will be chosen at random. Further details about the day will be sent out shortly after. Note that you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).
Update: After a rainy start (and going to the wrong car park) the sun come out to provide some great weather. We demolished and burnt plenty of sea-buckthorn. A few of us employed an unconventional tactic of crawling into the undergrowth to cut from within. We had time for a short walk across the beach to the sea and then toasted marshmallows over the dwindling bonfire. Upon are return to Bristol we stopped by at the new Union bar.
If you would like to go please email Jess by 6:00pm on Sunday 1st March. Bear in mind places are limited so if the trip is oversubscribed people will be picked at random. You will be emailed to let you know if you have got a place. Note that you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).
Update: Despite the cold, rain and mud many brambles were cleared and a good time was had. Some of us headed to the pub for some warm food once we were back in town (lesson for next time – leave more time to get to the bus stop). We hope that everyone enjoyed the trip and we see you on others.
On Sunday 22nd February we will be running a taster trip to Providence Plantation. This trip is specifically aimed at non-members as it will provide an opportunity to get an idea of what we do first hand. This event is supported by UBU as part of the Richmond Building re-opening.
Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University near Long Ashton, just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.
To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £3 (£4.40 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess if you would like to come along.
If the trip is oversubscribed names will be picked out of a hat with non-members getting priority. You will be email to let you know if you have or have not got a place on the trip.
Update: The weather was bright and clear but chilly however we soon warmed up once we got to work felling trees complete with impressive falling tree sounds. Working on the muddy slopes could be tricky at times but by the end of the day we had cleared a good area and amounted impressive piles of wood. We enjoyed toasting marshmallow on the bonfire and headed to the pub afterwards. Definitely a great trip.
We will be running a trip to Leigh Woods on Sunday 8th February where we will be felling trees. We plan to have a bonfire and toasted marshmallows! These trips are on of our favourites so we recommend coming along.
We will be walking there across the suspension bridge so there is no cost. However to attend you do need to be a member (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!). Please email Jess by 6pm on Monday 2nd February if you wish to go. Places are limited and names will be picked from a hat if oversubscribed.