Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve is just south of Yate, near Bristol, in the West of England.

Meadow Brown butterfly

Please click on the menu items above to find out about the Reserve, or read the latest diary entries from our blog wapley.blogspot.com


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We’ll be digging out the remaining part of the stream down through the woods, so that it doesn’t flood during heavy rain. Last time we couldn’t get through the brambles to reach this section, but it should be accessible now. We also have overgrown vegetation to cut back and litter collection to do.

Meet at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, near the entrance to Cherington, Yate BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.


We’re planning tree planting sessions for early in the New Year.

Would you like to be kept informed of these work mornings and other activities? You can use our Contact Us page to ask for your email address to be added to our local list, so that you find out about environment events at Wapley and other local wildlife sites.

Mon 18 September to end of November
More ash dieback tree works at Wapley

Dodington Parish Council will have a contractor at Wapley Bushes from Monday 18th September to tackle some trees infected with ash dieback disease. Please take care if walking in the area, particularly if you have a dog and/or children.

They have put some signs up around the area and the contractor will be closing off small areas and footpaths as necessary to ensure the safety of all. They will begin working along the lower path in the Ancient Woodland, with further works required in the woodland just beyond the picnic field (known as the Western Wood), and to two large ash trees on the common.

Full details are on the Wapley Bushes Events Page.

Please watch this space for future events.

Keep in touch!

You can use our Contact Us page to ask for your email address to be added to our local list, so that you find out about environment events at Wapley and other local wildlife sites.

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve – a warm welcome

This area of woodlands and meadows is a haven for wildlife. Please enjoy the views and the peace and quiet. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore the Reserve – look for secret places like the Lower Pond hidden in a copse, and the Dragon Tree on the Lower Path in the Ancient Woodland.

The Reserve is owned by Dodington Parish Council and managed in partnership with Wapley Bushes Conservation Group. The Reserve was set up in 1992.

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group holds regular workdays and always welcomes new volunteers – there is something for everyone, and it’s a very friendly group. The Conservation Group is affiliated to Avon Wildlife Trust, and can tell you about other local nature areas and volunteering opportunities.

Enjoy your visit and please come back soon.

Ash Dieback Disease tree surgery

Major tree surgery works were carried out over the last two winters to deal with Ash Dieback Disease. The contractors returned to the Centenary Wood area in autumn 2021 to remove the stumps and get rid of the deepest ruts. By the end of winter 2021 – 2022 we had planted more than 130 new trees, and about 240 in winter 2022 – 2023. Please check out our Ash Dieback Disease page.

Telephone contacts

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group
01454 315851 or 01454 313055
Dodington Parish Council
01454 866546