Wapley Bushes local nature reserve
This popular local nature reserve on the outskirts of Yate and Dodington is a wonderful place to start exploring the countryside.
The reserve contains flower-rich meadows with wonderful displays of colour in spring and summer. There is an ancient woodland with a good mix of trees including oaks and ash trees. Underneath these are smaller trees and shrubs like hawthorn, hazel, field maple and holly.
Explore the woodland throughout the year and you will discover a great variety of plants from bluebells to ferns. The woodland and meadows and the hedgerows that link the two together are home to a great number of birds, mammals and insects. The site is an important habitat for local wildlife and therefore is an excellent place to visit to study nature.
The site is looked after the Wapley Bushes conservation group, members from the Southwold branch of Avon Wildlife Trust. The group maintains a blog which it updates regularly with useful information on forthcoming events and conservation work days.
Site owner: Dodington Parish Council, managed in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Wapley Bushes conservation group
Site status: Local nature reserve, site of nature conservation interest
Area: 11.65 hectares
Grid reference: ST711805