Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 2 July to 10 August 2014, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.
Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.
Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.
Tel: 01454 416945
The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:
Tel: 01454 412941
We have a very active nestbox team carrying out site and habitat surveys, nestbox manufacture, installation and monitoring. We have nearly 200 nestboxes in our area.
The South Glos group attends numerous school fetes, open days and conservation events through the year to help promote the work of the Trust and to encourage new membership.
I am a very established local freelance owl conservationist and I work to educate the public about wild British owls and their conservation. I am well known for the public owl prowls that I conduct for South Glos Council every Autumn and also give talks to many community groups including schools, teaching local people of all ages about owls and their conservation.
Yate-based, covering all South Gloucestershire
Tel: 07770 684200
Tel: 01454 294258
The RSPB website has lots of useful information, including an excellent A-Z guide to UK birds.
Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.
Upper Bath Road, Thornbury
Slimbridge GL2 7BT
Thornbury Leisure Centre
We meet as usual at the field gate on the far side of the Leisure Centre car park.
All are welcome to attend at 2.30 pm on sunday 3rd August, when Tony and Mark from Bristol naturalists will be leading what is basically a bug hunt. They are true experts and you will learn a lot.
Invertebrates including butterflies, spiders, snails, bees, grasshoppers, hoverflies, bugs and all the rest are a vital part of what we are trying to promote at Filnore Woods. They are a great food source for birds, many provide pest control and pollination services and they are fascinating and beautiful in their own rights.
So do come along. If you only learn how to recognise three new mini-beasts that would be progress indeed.
South Gloucestershire’s biggest festival 11 September – 31 October 2014
Now in its third year, the Discover Festival is an exciting and diverse programme of events for young adults, adults and families to discover something new in South Gloucestershire. It is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses. We want to show why South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work.
Discover 2013 featured 225 events and 8 exhibitions. Over 8000 people attended events which ranged from one to one advice sessions to large scale open days. 2013 saw a 25% increase in the numbers of events featured in the festival and a 33% increase in people attending from 2012.
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