Bristol University Conservation Group
BUCG is a society which allows students to get outdoors and do some conservation work. We go on trips every other Sunday and occasionally on Wednesday afternoons in the Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire area.
There are also several residential weekend trips throughout the year that you can get involved in. Recently we have been to Alfrick and North Devon. We also organise talks from various guest speakers and have a large variety of socials.
There are many reasons that students join BUCG - whether it’s a love of the countryside, the desire to do conservation work or just the chance to join in with our hilarious socials.
We are an award winning society having won the Best Society Award 2014 and Bristol Zoo Walk Of Fame Green Team Award 2013.
We're very casual so you can come once or twice, or come to every event. Join our Facebook group for the latest events and information, email our president Emily for more information or email our web master Christopher to sign up for our mailing list.
How Old Is The Society?
The society was founded in 1972, so this is our 43rd year of conservation!
What Do You Do?
We travel to nature reserves in the Bristol area and undertake conservation work. This includes working with external bodies such as the Avon Wildlife Trust to undertake tasks such as coppicing, dead hedging, dry stone walling, scrub clearance, tree planting, sea defence construction and much more! All of this hard work is fuelled by our many tea-breaks in which we consume copious amounts of tea, biscuits and sweets.
We also have talks from guest speakers. Ones in recent years have included “How to get into conservation careers” by Joe Mcsorley , “Population pressures” by Roger Martin and a badger cull debate featuring Simon King. On top of this, regular socials are organised ranging from bar crawls and pub quizzes to lazer quest and pancake nights!
What Are The Members Like?
Our members are the friendliest people you’ll meet! They come from a wide variety of subjects, both the sciences and the arts, so don’t feel you have to be taking geography or biology to join. We have plenty of engineering, history, physics and language students! These students range from first years just starting their degree all the way to mature PhD students.
It’s a great way to meet people from different subjects in different stages of their education. The one thing we all have in common is our love for the outdoors and of course tea-breaks. We pride ourselves on being the friendliest society in Bristol, so whoever you are we’re sure you’ll fit right in! There’s no such thing as an unfriendly conservationist!
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