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About Us

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.


Question Time!

How Old Is The Society?


The society was founded in 1972, so this is our 48th 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 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!


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 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!

Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


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If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.