BUCG is a society which allows students to get outdoors and do some conservation work. We try to go on trips every other weekend in the Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire area, and have a large variety of socials in between times.
We also organise talks from various guest speakers and have fundraisers. As soon as it is safe enough we also hope to be back to organising residential weekend trips throughout the year that you can get involved in, such as trips to Alfrick, Brownsea Island and North Devon.
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, Bristol Zoo Walk Of Fame Green Team Award 2013 and achieving Gold in this year's Balloon Accreditation Scheme.
We're very casual so you can come once or twice, or come to every event. Like our Facebook page for the latest events and information, email our president Jennifer for more information or email our web master Christopher to sign up for our mailing list. Have a look at our website or our Instagram (@bucg1972) to see loads of photos from previous trips, to find out a little more about the committee, or to find out about upcoming events.
The society was founded in 1972, so this is our 48th year of conservation!
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 and the Friends Of the Downs and Avon Gorge 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 a ancient woodland reserve that we manage ourselves, Providence Plantation, which is owned by the University of Bristol. We regularly head to Providence to make sure it is at its most welcoming to wildlife.
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 board game and pancake nights!
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 or 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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