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  • Removing scrub at edge of Bowsland Meadow
    2017-08-05

    Saturday 8th August 2017
    Removing scrub at edge of Bowsland Meadow.

  • Scything in Webb's Meadow
    2017-06-03

    Scything and removing scrub in Webb's Meadow.
    3rd June 2017

  • Dawn Chorus Walk
    2017-05-14

    Sunday 14th May 2017 6.00 - 8.00am

    Rise early and join us in celebrating the dawn chorus, nature's joyful daily miracle on our early morning walk, a week after the International Dawn Chorus Day.
    The walk is Free to the public and will be led by our own experienced birders, Rob and Robin who last year identified over 35 different birds.
    Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring binoculars if you have them. Please note that this is a walk in the natural environment and will include muddy and/or uneven ground and steep slopes. No dogs please.
    Meet us outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre front door a few minutes early as we will be heading into the reserve at 06:00am sharp.
    If you are coming by car, please park in the Willow Brook Car Park as the Leisure centre car park will be locked at that time.
    For more information / tickets email Paul: events@three-brooks.info or
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  • Stream Maintenance
    2017-05-06

    Notice:There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting held by the tool store at start of our work session in order to elect new chair for the group.

    Followed by:

    Work to maintain the brooks and overhanging vegetation and removal of himalayan balsam.
    6th May 2017

  • Stream Maintenance
    2017-04-01

    Work to maintain the brooks and overhanging vegetation.
    1st April 2017

  • Tree Measuring Day
    2017-03-16

    Thursday 16th March 2017
    10.30 am - 1pm
    see the following link for details:
    tree_measuring_day.pdf

  • Marsh Maintenance
    2017-03-04


    Work to maintain the marshland area.
    4th March 2017

  • Coppicing
    2017-02-04

    We will be coppicing in Webb's wood.
    4th February 2017
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Hedge-laying weekend
    2017-01-07

    We will be continuing the laying of the hedge along Bradley Stoke Way.
    7th/8th January 2017
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Coppicing
    2016-12-03

    We will be coppicing in Webb's wood.
    3rd December 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Tools Maintenance and coppicing
    We will be doing our annual tools maintenance and also some coppicing on the reserve.
    5th November 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Scrub Clearing
    We will be clearing scrub on the tump.

    1st October 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Bat Walk
    2016-09-16


    2nd September 2016 ,1950 - 2230

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.


  • Scrub Clearing
    2016-09-03

    We will be maintaining the grassland on the tump by removing scrub.

    3rd September 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Bat Walk
    2016-09-02


    2nd September 2016 ,1945 - 2145

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.


  • Bat Walk
    2016-08-26


    26th August 2016 ,1950 - 2230

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.


  • Hay Cutting
    2016-08-06

    We will be using scythes to cut the hay in Bowsland Meadow.

    6th August 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Hay Cutting
    2016-07-02

    We will be using scythes to cut the hay in our orchard.

    2nd July 2016
    Meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre at 10am.

  • Stream Maintenance
    2016-06-11

    Work to maintain the brooks and overhanging vegetation.

    11th June 2016
    NB this is a week later than normal workdays.

  • Stream Maintenance
    2016-05-07

    Work to maintain the brooks and overhanging vegetation.
    7th May 2016

  • Dawn Chorus Walk
    2016-05-01

    Part of International Dawn Chorus Day 2016.
    Sunday 1st May 06:00 to 08:00

    Rise early and join many others all around the world in celebrating the dawn chorus, nature's daily miracle.The walk will be led by our own experienced birders, Rob and Robin.Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring binoculars if you have them.
    We will be finding some breakfast afterwards - please join us if you wish!

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  • Stream Maintenance
    2016-04-02

    Work to maintain the brooks and overhanging vegetation.
    2nd April 2016

  • Picnic in the dark to celebrate Earth Hour!
    2016-03-19

    A fun way to deliver a seriousmessage, bring a torch, a picnic, hot drinks and a rug and come and join usfor an hour of night time fun. You can make Smores (toasted marshmallows inchocolate biscuits), listen to Spooky Stories, play Glow in The Dark Bowlingor just enjoy gazing at the stars.
    For more informationemail: events@three-brooks.info


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    Tickets are free but please book so we know how many marshmallows to buy!

  • Marsh Maintenance
    2016-03-05


    Work to maintain the marshland area.
    5th March 2016

  • Coppicing
    2016-02-06

    Coppicing in Webb's wood.
    Meet at the toolstore at 10am.
    6th February 2016

  • Hedge Laying Weekend
    2016-01-02


    Our annual hedgelaying weekend, continuing the stretch along Bradley Stoke Way. Works off the Christmas turkey and at least some of the trimmings!
    2nd & 3rd January 2016

  • Scrub clearance
    2015-12-05


    Scrub clearance in Bowsland Meadow.
    Saturday 5th December 2015

  • Owl Prowl
    Friday 20th November
    2015-11-20


    Owl expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE will lead an after-dark walk through the reserve on a quest to find owls and learn about them on the way.

    This is a walk in the natural environment so please be prepared for uneven ground and steep slopes. Wear warm, waterproof outdoor clothes, and stout boots. Bring a torch, and binoculars if you have them.
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  • Coppicing in The Woods
    7th November 2015
    2015-11-07


    Coppicing.
    We will meet for 10 am at the tool store. The tool store is behind the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

  • Bat Walk
    2015-10-09


    9th October 2015 ,1800 - 2000

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through

  • Nature Ramble
    2015-10-04


    4th October 2015.

    Join expert ecologist Rupert Higgins on a walk around the Three Brooks Local Nature reserve. Rupert will introduce you to the different habitats on the reserve and to the wildlife that depends on them. We can't predict in advance exactly what we will see (or hear) but we can promise you a fascinating insight into the natural world.Please note that this is a walk in the natural environment and you should be prepared for uneven ground and steep slopes. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and stout boots. Bring binoculars if you have them.
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  • Bat Walk
    2015-09-25


    25th September 2015 ,1830 - 2030

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through

  • Bat Walk
    2015-09-18


    18th September 2015 ,1900 - 2100

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through

  • Haycut in Webb's wood
    2015-09-05

    Using scythes to mow the grassland by Webb's wood.
    Meet at the tool store at 10am.
    5th September 2015

  • Bat Walk
    2015-08-28


    28th August 2015 ,1930 - 2130

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through

  • Haycut in the orchard
    2015-08-01

    Using scythes to mow the orchard.
    Meet at the tool store at 10am.
    1st August 2015

  • To be decided
    2015-07-04

    To be determined.
    Meet at the toolstore at 10am.
    4th August 2015

  • Reptile Ramble
    2015-06-20


    20th June 2015.
    Join reptile expert Amy Schwartz on a walk through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke in search of slow-worms, snakes and lizards. Amphibians will also feature on the tour.This is a walk in the natural environment so please be prepared for uneven ground and steep slopes. Wear suitable outdoor clothes, plus sun protection if necessary, and stout boots.We'll pause for a snack stop en route, so please bring some food and drink.
    Only a few places remaining!
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  • Stream Cleaning
    2015-06-06

    Stream Cleaning
    Meet at the toolstore at 10am.
    6th June 2015

  • Dawn Chorus Walk
    2015-05-03

    Part of International Dawn Chorus Day 2015.
    Sunday 3rd May 05:30 to 07:30

    Rise early and join many others all around the world in celebrating the dawn chorus, nature's daily miracle.The walk will be led by our own experienced birders, Rob and Robin.Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring binoculars if you have them.

    We will be finding some breakfast afterwards - please join us if you wish!

  • Stream Cleaning
    2015-05-02

    Stream Cleaning
    Meet at the toolstore at 10am.Please bring wellies.
    2nd May 2015

  • Balsam Bashing
    2015-04-04

    Removing invasive himalayan balsam.
    Meet at the toolstore at 10am.
    4th April 2015

  • Pond maintenance
    2015-03-07

    Pond maintenance.
    Meet at the tool store at 10am.
    7th March 2015

  • Clearing stream banks
    2015-02-06


    Removing overhanging vegetation on the banks of the brooks to allow more light.

    Meet at the tool store at 10am.
    7th February 2015.

  • Hedge Laying Weekend
    2015-01-03


    Our annual hedgelaying weekend, continuing the stretch along Bradley Stoke Way. Works off the Christmas turkey and at least some of the trimmings!
    3rd & 4th January 2015

  • Coppicing
    2014-12-06


    Coppicing in Savage's Wood and clearing back overhanging vegetation along the brook.
    6th December 2014

  • Coppicing
    2014-11-01


    Coppicing in Savage's Wood and clearing back overhanging vegetation along the brook.
    1st November 2014

  • Marsh Maintenance
    2014-10-04


    Work to maintain the marshland area.
    4th October 2014

  • Bat Walk
    2014-10-03


    3rd October 2014 ,1830 - 2030

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through the South Gloucestershire Discover Festival: search for Discover Festival on www.southglos.gov.uk or look at www.facebook.com/discoversouthglos

  • Autumn nature walk
    2014-09-28


    Sunday 29th September 2014
    A chance to amble through the reserve learning about the plants, birds and animals to be seen there in autumn. The walk will be led by professional ecologist Rupert Higgins.

    Meet for 10 am start outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre main door. Walk will finish by 1 pm.

  • Bat Walk
    2014-09-19


    19th September 2014 ,1900 - 2100

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book through the South Gloucestershire Discover Festival: search for Discover Festival on www.southglos.gov.uk or look at www.facebook.com/discoversouthglos

  • Haycut
    2014-09-06


    Hay cut in Webb's wood meadow
    6th September 2014

  • Bat Walk
    2014-09-05


    5th September 2014 ,1930 - 2130

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book Here

  • Bat Walk
    2014-08-29


    29th August 2014 ,1930 - 2130

    In our after-dark walks, you'll be provided with a "bat detector" and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch.

    Note that while these walks are free, numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need a ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites.
    Book Here

  • Haycut
    2014-08-02


    Hay cut in the community orchard
    2nd August 2014

  • Bioblitz
    2014-07-05


    The Three Brooks Nature reserve will be hosting the 2014 Bristol Bioblitz
    4th/5th July 2014
    For details see:http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/three-brooks-bioblitz/

  • Bioblitz
    2014-07-04


    The Three Brooks Nature reserve will be hosting the 2014 Bristol Bioblitz
    4th/5th July 2014
    For details see:http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/three-brooks-bioblitz/

  • Bird walk
    2014-06-10


    10th June


  • Stream Cleaning
    2014-06-07


    Saturday 7th June
    We will be clearing rubbish and blockages in the brooks.Meet at the tool store behind the leisure centre at 10am.

  • Stream Cleaning
    2014-05-03


    Saturday 3rd May
    We will be clearing rubbish and blockages in the brooks.Meet at the tool store behind the leisure centre at 10am.

  • Coppicing in Webbs Wood
    2014-03-01


    Saturday 1st March
    10am - 4pm

  • Big Spring Clean
    2014-02-18


    Date to be confirmed
    10am - 1pm
    www.southglos.gov.uk/bigspringclean

  • Big Spring Clean
    2014-02-18


    Thursday 13th March

    10am - 1pm
    www.southglos.gov.uk/bigspringclean

  • Big Spring Clean
    2014-02-18


    Saturday 1st March
    10am - 12pm
    www.southglos.gov.uk/bigspringclean


  • Stream Maintenance
    Saturday 1st February 2014
    2013-10-01

    Opening up the streams by cutting back vegetation along the brook.



  • Marsh clearing
    Saturday 7th September 2013
    2013-09-07

    Marsh clearing and maintenance of irrigation channels



  • Bat Walk
    2013-05-19

    9.30 pm.
    An expert from the Avon Bat Group will lead a walk to identify the different species of bats living on the reserve using bat detectors.This event is free but booking is required. Booking will be through the South Gloucestershire Discovery Festival which will open on the Council website (www.southglos.gov.uk) in July.

  • Bat Walk
    2013-05-19

    7.30pm.
    An expert from the Avon Bat Group will lead a walk to identify the different species of bats living on the reserve using bat detectors.This event is free but booking is required. Booking will be through the South Gloucestershire Discovery Festival which will open on the Council website (www.southglos.gov.uk) in July.

  • Community Walk
    2013-05-19

    Community Walk, 10.00 am
    1.00 pm.A walk through the reserve with a professional ecologist to identify the plants and animals that live here, always fascinating! Bring binoculars if you have them.

  • Hedge Laying Weekend
    Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th January 2014
    2013-01-14

    Hedge laying weekend



  • Coppicing/hedging
    Saturday 7th December 2013
    2013-01-14

    Coppicing/hedging in the Willow Brook section of Savages Wood



  • Community Tree Planting
    Saturday 16th November
    2013-01-14


    Come to the pond in Bowsland Meadow (through the hedge gap by the path between Ellicks Close and Bradley Stoke Way) and help us plant a protective hedge. Come any time from 10 am in suitable digging clothes! Light refreshments provided.


  • Owl Prowl
    Tuesday 12th November
    2013-01-14


    Join owl expert Ian McGuire as we search for owls in the reserve. At least one owl is guaranteed! Wear stout boots and weatherproof clothes, and bring a torch.Meet at 1845 for 1900 start outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre main door. Prowl should finish by 2030.


  • Pond Maintenance
    Saturday 2nd November 2013
    2013-01-14

    Pond maintenance in Bowsland Meadow; clearing vegetation and securing the fence.



  • Scrub Clearing
    Saturday 5th October 2013
    2013-01-14

    Scrub clearing on the tump.



  • Haycut
    Saturday 3rd August 2013
    2013-01-14

    Haycut in Webb's Wood Meadow

    Meet at the toolstore behind the leisure centre at 10 am.

  • Haycut
    Saturday 6th July 2013
    2013-01-14

    Haycut in the orchard

    Meet at the toolstore behind the leisure centre at 10 am.

  • Stream Clearing
    Saturday 1st June 2013
    2013-01-14

    Stream Clearing



  • Wildlife survey
    Saturday 4th May 2013
    2013-01-14

    Wildlife Survey - TBA



  • Scrub clearing
    Saturday 5th April 2013
    2013-01-14

    Scrub clearing on the tump



  • Coppicing
    Saturday 2nd March 2013

    Coppicing in plantation



  • Coppicing
    Saturday 2nd February 2013
    2013-01-14

    Coppicing in Webb's Wood



  • Hedge Trimming

    Saturday 1st December
    Trimming laid hedge in Bowsland meadow and weaving fencing for the newt pond.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Fungi Foray
    2012-11-10


    Saturday 10th November
    Fungi Foray
    A walk through the woods with a professional mycologist to learn about the mushrooms, toadstools and other weird and wonderful fungi that form part of our woodland biodiversity.
    Meet outside the leisure centre at 1.30 pm. Walk will finish by 4.30 pm.

  • Coppicing
    2012-11-03


    Saturday 3rd November
    Coppicing/felling in Webb's Wood.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 12th October
    meet at the leisure centre at 6:10 pm

  • Scrub clearing

    Saturday 6th October
    Removing scrub from the Tump.Meet beside the lake at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 14th September
    meet at the leisure centre at 7:15 pm

  • Scrub clearing
    2012-09-01


    Saturday 1st September
    Scrub clearing, bank building and irrigation in the marsh.Meet at the reserve entrance off Brook Way (near the Braydon Avenue roundabout) at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 17th August
    meet at the leisure centre at 8:15 pm

  • Haycut
    2012-08-04


    Saturday 4th August
    Haycut on the banks below Webb's Wood meadow, to benefit the wildflowers.Meet at the Three Brooks Lake at 10 am.

  • Haycut
    2012-07-07


    Saturday 7th July
    Haycut in the community orchard.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Walk Around The Reserve
    2011-12-05


    Sunday 3rd June

    Rupert Higgins, a professional ecologist, will lead a walk taking in all the main areas of the reserve and identifying the wildlife along the way while sharing some fascinating facts!
    Make sure you wear stout footwear suitable for walking outdoors over uneven surfaces and a sunhat and suncream if the weather is hot. If you have a pair of binoculars then bring them -you never know what you might spot!
    10 till 1, meet outside the leisure centre.

  • Balsam Bashing
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 2nd June
    Himalayan Balsam is a pretty but very invasive plant that the conservation group is trying to remove from the reserve by pulling it up, so that our native plants can recolonize. Come and help us in our efforts. Balsam is very easy to pull and it's a very satisfying task that's suitable for all the family!

    Make sure you wear stout footwear suitable for walking outdoors over uneven surfaces. It's also advisable to wear long sleeves and gardening gloves if you have them. If the weather is hot then do wear a sunhat and suncream and bring a bottle of water.

  • Stream Cleaning
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 2nd June
    Pulling rubbish out of the streams.Meet at the three brooks lake at 10 am.

  • Surveying
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 5th May
    Surveying an aspect of the reserve’s wildlife – details tbc, but mammals are under consideration.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Dawn Chorus
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 28th April

    This will be a walk of about 2.5 hours during which time you will learn how to identify the birds of the Dawn Chorus by song - a lovely start to the day. Make sure you wear stout footwear suitable for walking outdoors over uneven surfaces, and be aware that the early morning can be chilly so wrap up warm. If you have a pair of binoculars then bring them as they will help bring the birds closer!
    Meet outside the leisure centre from 5.45 am for prompt 6am start.

  • Scrub Clearing
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 7th April
    Clearing scrub in Bowsland Meadow and near the 'tank bridge' by Ellicks Close, to prevent succession.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Tree Felling
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 3rd March
    Continuing to clear crowded trees in plantations north of Savage's Wood.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Tree Felling
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 4th February
    Clearing crowded trees in plantations north of Savage’s Wood – plus some sundry other tasks.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Hedgelaying Weekend
    2011-12-05


    Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th January
    Our annual hedgelaying weekend, the perfect way to work off some Christmas indulgences. We will be continuing the hedge along Bradley Stoke Way from where we left off last year.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am on both days.

  • Coppicing/felling in the reserve woodland
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 3rd December Coppicing/felling in the reserve woodland (tbc).Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Coppicing/felling in Sherbourne’s Brake
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 5th November – Coppicing/felling in Sherbourne’s Brake, and putting up bird boxes.Meet at the reserve entrance off Baileys Court Road at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 7th october
    meet at the leisure centre at 6:15 pm

  • Removing scrub from the Tump.
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 1st October
    Removing scrub from the Tump.Meet beside the lake at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 16th September
    meet at the leisure centre at 7:00 pm

  • Removing trees from the marsh
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 3rd September
    Removing trees from the marsh.Meet at the reserve entrance off Brook Way (near the Braydon Avenue roundabout) at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 26th August
    meet at the leisure centre at 7:45 pm

  • Haycut in the grassland
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 6th August
    Haycut in the grassland next to Webb's Wood, to benefit the wildflowers.Meet at the Three Brooks Lake at 10 am.

  • Haycut in the community orchard
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 2nd July
    Haycut in the community orchard.Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Stream Clearing
    2011-05-25


    Saturday 4th June.
    (Wear wellies and if you have long elbow length waterproof gloves, bring them!)
    Meet at the Three Brooks Lake at 10 am.

  • Surveying

    Saturday 7th May 2011
    We are planning to carry out a range of wildlife surveys - details to be confirmed.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Wildflower Planting
    Saturday 2nd April 2011
    We will be planting nectar-rich plants such as clover to help bees and other pollinating insects.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Tree Felling
    2010-11-08


    Saturday 5th March 2011
    Continuing to clear crowded trees in plantations north of Savage's Wood.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Tree Felling
    2010-11-08



    Saturday 5th February 2011

    Clearing crowded trees in plantations north of Savage's Wood.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Hedge Laying Weekend
    2010-11-08


    2nd/3rd January 2011
    Our annual hedgelaying weekend, the perfect way to work off all the Christmas chocolates before going back to work.
    We will be continuing the hedge along Bradley Stoke Way. Note this year we are starting on the Sunday and finishing on the Bank Holiday Monday.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am on both days.

  • Tree Planting
    2010-11-08


    4th December 2010

    We will be extending the community orchard by planting over 100 fruit trees. Bring a spade!
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Fungi Foray
    2010-07-21



    Sunday 31st October 2010



    Meet outside the leisure centre at 10.30 am. Walk will finish by 1 pm.

  • Bat Walk
    2010-07-21



    Friday 24th September 2010



    Meet at the leisure centre at 6.30 p.m.

  • Bat Walk
    2010-07-21



    Friday 27th August 2010



    Meet at the leisure centre at 7.30 p.m.

  • Bat Walk
    2010-07-21



    Friday 13th August 2010



    Meet at the leisure centre at 8.15 p.m.

  • Tree thinning
    2010-05-06


    6th November 2010

    Tree thinning in plantations north of Savage's Wood.

    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Path clearing and maintenance.


    2nd October 2010



    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Digging
    2010-05-06



    4th September 2010

    Digging irrigation channels in the marsh.

    Meet at the reserve entrance off Brook Way (near the Braydon Avenue roundabout) at 10 am.

  • Haycut
    2010-05-06



    Saturday 7th August 2010

    Haycut in the grassland next to Webb's Wood, to benefit the wildflowers.

    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.


  • Haycut
    2010-05-06



    3rd July 2010

    Haycut in the grassland next to Webb's Wood, to benefit the wildflowers.


    Meet at the Three Brooks Lake at 10 am.


  • Guided Walk


    12th June 2010

    Guided walk around the reserve as part of the community fair celebrations. A professional ecologist will introduce the plants and wildlife of the reserve.

    Meet outside the leisure centre at 10 am. Walk will finish by 1 pm.

  • Stream clearing
    2010-05-06



    5 June 2010

    Stream clearing and pulling up Himalayan balsam.

    Meet at the Three Brooks Lake at 10 am.





  • Dawn Chorus


    8 May 2010

    Whatever government is in power on Saturday morning, the birds will still be up and singing. So take a sanity break from the election coverage to come and hear them at their best.

    Meet at the leisure centre at 6am.

  • Stream Clearing
    2009-05-01



    1 May 2010

    Stream clearing. Wellies advised.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Planting and Tidying Up
    2009-04-03



    3 April 2010

    Tidying the community orchard and planting insect-friendly plants to help with pollination.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Treefelling
    2009-03-06



    6 March 2010

    Tree felling in the plantation next to Sherbourne’s Brake.
    Meet at the reserve entrance by the Brook Way/Baileys Court Road roundabout at 10 am.

  • Treefelling
    2009-02-06



    6 February 2010

    Tree felling in the plantation near the community orchard.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Hedgelaying and Pond Clearance


    2 & 3 January 2010

    Hedgelaying and pond clearance at Dewfalls pond (by special request from the Council!) Our annual Christmas-pud-busting weekend.
    Meet at the Dewfalls pond which is just off Dewfalls Drive at 10 am.

  • Pond Clearance


    5 December 2009

    We've changed our plans and instead of tree felling, which was our original intention, we will be clearing the upper newt pond (near the path between Tesco and the Ellicks Close Bridge) as it has got choked up, and there may be a bit of clearing work to do up there too.
    Meet at the tool store (behind the leisure centre) at 10 am.

  • Coppicing in Sherbournes Brake
    2008-11-07



    7 November 2009

    Coppicing in Sherbourne’s Brake.
    Meet at the reserve entrance by the Brook Way/Baileys Court Road roundabout at 10 am.

  • A Savage Owl Prowl
    2008-10-30



    Friday 30 October 2009 (7pm to 9pm)

    Join Ian McGuire on a twilight walk through Savages Wood. Learn about all the British Owls along the way. It will be dark and it can get cold at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 7pm

  • Digging
    2008-10-03



    3 October 2009

    This month's activity is digging out drainage channels on the flooded bit of footpath next to the plantation between the lake and Savage’s Wood (where we did the tree felling last year).
    Meet at the tool store at 10 am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 18 September 2009

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats, (and some electronic bat detectors will probably be available to use). It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set even at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 6:45pm.

  • Marshland irrigation
    2008-09-05



    5 September 2009

    Improving irrigation in the marsh by digging further channels and a drainage sump. Getting muddy is guaranteed.
    Meet at the reserve entrance off Brook Way (near the Braydon Avenue roundabout) at 10 am

  • Bat Walk

    Wednesday 19 August 2009

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats, (and some electronic bat detectors will probably be available to use). It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set even at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 8:00pm.

  • Hay cut and wildflowers
    2008-08-01



    1 August 2009

    Haycutting in the community orchard and clearing the wildflower patches.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Wildflower Management
    2008-07-04



    4 July 2009

    Maintenance of the wildflower-rich site by Webb’s Wood. Varied activities will include haycutting, remove saplings and doing some deliberate ground disturbance.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Tool Training

    Saturday 27 June 2009

    On Saturday 27th June we will have an extra event. Paul Humphreys will lead a Tools Training day when we will learn how to look after all the shiny tools we have – so things like oiling, sharpening and storage. A number of people have already registered their interest for this but anyone is welcome to come along.
    Meet at the tool store (the freight container behind the leisure centre) at 10.00 am on the 27th.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 26 June 2009

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats, (and some electronic bat detectors will probably be available to use). It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set even at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 8:45pm.

  • Walk Around The Reserve

    Saturday 13 June 2009

    To tie with the Bradley Stoke Festival on the same day we will be putting on a Community walk which we hope will be a fascinating insight into the plants and animals on your local reserve. Led by ecologist Rupert Higgins this walk is intended to involve the wider community, especially those who might not have realised just how much they have on the doorstep so everyone is even more welcome than usual.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 10am. (The walk will finish at the Jubilee Centre at 1 pm)
    Click here to see a report written after the walk [41kb PDF], and here to see a photograph. [177kb JPG]

  • Stream Clearing
    2008-06-06




    Saturday 6 June 2009

    We will be clearing sections of the streams ... so don't forget your wellies and waterproofs.
    Late change of meeting point: Meet at the ORCHARD at 10am.

  • Bat Walk

    Friday 5 June 2009

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats, (and some electronic bat detectors will probably be available to use). It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set even at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 8:30pm.

  • Bat Walk

    Wednesday 20 May 2009

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats, (and some electronic bat detectors will probably be available to use). It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set even at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the leisure centre at 8:15pm.

  • Dawn Chorus Walk

    Sunday 10 May 2009

    Our annual Dawn Chorus walk is one for the early birds in every sense. A professional ecologist will be leading the walk and judging by previous years it should be very interesting and should last for about two and a half hours.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 06:00am!

  • Tree/Plant ID Walk

    Saturday 2 May 2009

    A walk around the reserve, hopefully with a professional ecologist, to identify trees and other plants.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 10:00am.

  • 3BNCG Annual General Meeting


    Wed 15 April 2009
    7:30pm to 9:30pm


    Our AGM will be at the Ramada Grange Hotel, 1 Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RP, which is only about a mile outside Bradley Stoke. Click here for directions.
    The hotel is generously donating the room free of charge.

    See meetings page for further details.



  • Wildflower Seeding
    2008-04-04



    Saturday 4 April 2009

    We will be planting wildflower seeds in the meadow area by Sherbourne’s Brake. We’ll clear patches of grass with spades, scatter the seeds and cover them loosely with topsoil. Spades and seeds will be available but it would be helpful if people could bring their own garden trowels and hand forks to help break up the soil patches. Feel free to bring any suitable seeds you may have too.
    We probably won't have enough seeds to do this all day so we also intend to do some litter picking around the area to tie in with a national “spring clean” event.
    Meet at the entrance near where Bailey's Court Road meets Brook Way at 10am.


  • Tree Felling
    2008-03-08



    Saturday 7 March 2009

    The group will be tree felling in the plantation between Webb's Wood and Savage's Wood.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Coppicing
    2008-02-08



    Saturday 7 February 2009

    The group will be coppicing in Webb's Wood, (i.e. cutting back species such as hazel down to the ground and putting the cut off material into a dead hedge), and generally tidying up in the immediate vacinity.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Hedgelaying
    2008-01-03



    Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 January 2009

    In time honoured tradition the group will be burning up the extra calories taken on over Christmas by laying a hedge using traditional hedgelaying techniques - and probably a few we'll make up as we go along.
    We'll be working on a stretch of the hedge that runs next to Bradley Stoke Way.
    On both days meet at 10am by the entrance into the reserve on Bradley Stoke Way opposite Tesco's Extra, (that’s the entrance with the path down to the Ellicks Close bridge).

  • Tree felling


    6 December 2008

    The group will be felling trees and clearing the land of unwanted vegetation or rubbish.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • 3BNCG General Meeting


    Wed 26 November 2008
    7:30pm to 9:30pm


    3BNCG will be holding a General Meeting of the group.

    The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grange Hotel, 1 Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RP, which is only about a mile outside Bradley Stoke.
    Click here for the agenda.
    Click here for directions.

    The hotel are generously donating the room free of charge.







  • Tree felling
    2007-11-05



    1 November 2008

    The group will be felling trees and clearing the area in the plantations near the lake.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Bramble Bashing


    4 October 2008

    The group will be "bramble bashing", in other words, clearing paths of the unwanted vegetation that has grown up over the summer.
    Meet at the entrance to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Bat Walk


    3 October 2008

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats.

    On previous occasions electronic bat detectors have been available for participants to use to listen in to the bat calls which would otherwise be too high for the human ear to hear.

    It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the entrance to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 6:15 pm.

  • Bat Walk


    16 September 2008

    Someone from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) will be leading a walk around the reserve to search for bats.

    On previous occasions electronic bat detectors have been available for participants to use to listen in to the bat calls which would otherwise be too high for the human ear to hear.

    It will be dark by the end of the walk and it can get cold once the sun has set at this time of year so please bring a torch and wear suitable clothes.
    Meet at the entrance to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 6:45 pm.

  • Hay cut
    2007-09-07



    6 September 2008

    The group will be cutting the hay using traditional scythes in various patches of grassland begining with the Community Orchard.
    Meet at the entrance to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Hay cut
    2007-08-04



    2 August 2008

    The group will be cutting the hay using traditional scythes on the grass land near Webb's Wood.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Bird boxes
    2007-07-06



    5 July 2008

    The group will be making and setting up bird boxes.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Arable Plant Survey
    2007-06-08



    7 June 2008

    The group will be accompanying a professional ecologist as he conducts an arable plant and insect survey near Webb's wood.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • Dawn Chorus Walk

    17 May 2008

    One for the early birds ... a walk around the reserve with a professional ecologist to listen to the dawn chorus.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 6:00am.

  • Stream Clearing
    2007-05-04




    3 May 2008

    We will be clearing sections of the streams ... so don't forget your wellies and waterproofs.
    Meet at the lake at 10am.

  • 3BNCG Annual General Meeting


    Wed 30 April 2008
    7:30pm to 9:30pm


    3BNCG will be holding the Annual General Meeting of the group.

    The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grange Hotel, 1 Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RP, which is only about a mile outside Bradley Stoke.
    Click here for directions.


    The hotel are generously donating the room free of charge.



  • Planting Wildflowers
    2007-04-06



    5 April 2008

    Planting wildflowers in the community orchard.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Woodland Management
    2007-03-02



    1 March 2008

    Continuing to thin out the woodland opposite the school fence.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Woodland Management
    2007-02-03



    2 February 2008

    Thinning out the woodland opposite the school fence.
    Meet at the Leisure Centre at 10am.

  • Hedgelaying
    2007-01-07



    5 & 6 January 2008

    Our annual mince-pie-moving, turkey-trashing hedgelaying weekend. This year we will be working on a stretch of hedge in the north plantation near Primrose Bridge. You are welcome to join us for either or both days.
    Meet at Primrose Bridge at 10 am on both days.

  • 3BNCG General Meeting


    Wed 12 December 2007
    7:30pm to 9:30pm


    3BNCG will be holding a General Meeting of the group.
    Click here for the agenda.

    The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grange Hotel, 1 Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RP, which is only about a mile outside Bradley Stoke.
    Click here for directions.

    The hotel are generously donating the room free of charge.



  • Coppicing in Sherbournes Brake
    2006-12-02



    1 December 2007

    On Saturday 1st December we were coppicing in Sherbourne's Brake.
    Click here for the diary entry (902 kb PDF).

  • Coppicing in Webb's Wood
    2006-11-04



    3 November 2007

    On Saturday 3rd November we were coppicing in Webb's Wood, continuing our woodland management programme.

  • General Group Meeting

    11 October 2006

    A General Meeting of the group, was held on Wednesday 11th October, 7.30 pm at the Brook Way ActivityCentre (just off Brook Way and adjacent to the doctors' surgery- there is a car park). All were welcome.

    Click here for the minutes.

  • Bramble Bashing
    2006-10-07



    6 October 2007

    We were maintaining paths on the reserve by cutting back brambles.

  • Hay Cut & Flower Planting - 16th September
    2006-09-16



    16 Septemer 2006

    We made a traditional hay rake from wood felled on site and did a hay cut/ flower planting - everyone was welcome to join in all aspects.

  • Marshland irrigation
    2006-09-01



    1 September 2007

    We preserved the marshland habitat by digging out ponds and channels. Getting muddy was guaranteed.

  • Grass Cutting
    2006-08-04



    4 August 2007

    Click here for the diary entry (38 kb PDF).

  • Grass Cutting
    2006-07-07



    7 July 2007


    Click here for the diary entry (38 kb PDF)

  • BTCV Green Gym
    2006-07-06


    Every Thursday 10am until 1pm

    A Green Gym runs on the reserve from 10am to 1pm each Thursday and has featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
    Further details are on the Green Gym page.


  • Avon Wildlife Trust day
    2006-06-17





    17 June 2007


    Click here for the diary entry (38 kb PDF)

  • Bradley Stoke Community Fair


    9 June 2007

    Click here for the diary entry (38 kb PDF)

  • Our annual stream clearing event
    2006-06-02



    2 June 2007


    Click here for the diary entry (38 kb PDF)

  • Dawn Chorus Walk



    5 May 2007


    15 people braved an early start and assembled somewhat bleary-eyed at 6 am for a dawn chorus walk, led by Ed Drewitt from the Bristol City Museum. Ed - who was unnaturally bouncy for this early in the day - helped us to identify 18 species.
    Click here for further details.


  • Wildflower walks
    2006-04-07




    7 April 2007

    Rupert Higgins from Wessex Ecological Trust, who drafted the management plan for the reserve, led two wildflower walks.
    Click here for further details.

  • Coppicing in Sherbourne's Brake
    2006-03-03




    3 March 2007

    We were coppicing and tree felling in Sherbourne's Brake.

  • Traditional Wooden Gate


    1 & 22 October 2006

    We made a traditional woodengate and post and rail fence, to go around the lower pond near the seatingarea, using trees felled in the plantation woodland from the managementwork we have been doing. It was a chance to try out some green woodwork (and digging)skills.


  • Bramble Bashing


    7 October 2006

    We decided to do BrambleBashing in the northernmost tip of the reserve up by Primrose Bridge, wherewe hadn't been before. A special note; Paul couldn't make it for this workday andone of his colleagues, Becci, attended in his place. However,she (and the BTCV tools) were only there until 2pm.

  • Stream Clearing
    2005-09-02



    2 September 2006

    We cleared out some of the rubbish that had accumulated in the brooks.

  • Bat Walks


    Various dates in 2006

    A number of bat walks were ran over various summer evenings in 2006 when we hoped to find which species of bats are using the reserve.