For anyone that uses the beautiful park in St Andrews, Bristol. We want to keep it beautiful and an asset for the local people and those who travel from further away to enjoy activities including paddling, sliding, walking, scooting, running or just sitting!

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Bristol city council - How to report problems.

Posted by Fo SAP on February 18, 2015 at 16:16 0 Comments

If you see a problem that needs reporting it is easy to do it online.    If you go to

the BCC website…


Bird Walk: 15th February

Posted by Jon Mortin on February 15, 2015 at 15:14 3 Comments

Once again, an enjoyable walk led this time by Lois, who broke with tradition and took us on an exciting anticlockwise route around the park, with a good selection of birds seen and heard along the way. The full list is as follows:

Blue Tit: 2 or 3 seen

Great Tit: 2 or 3 seen

Long-tailed Tit: 3 seen

Coal Tit: 1 seen

Robin: at least 2 seen

Starling: at least 20 seen

Redwing: at least 10 seen in the trees and on the ground

Mistle Thrush:…


Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on February 5, 2015 at 17:30 12 Comments

Bristol Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

You can find their website here  In the Meetings section you will find the Minutes of previous…


Committee Meeting Dates

Posted by Fo SAP on February 2, 2015 at 16:30 1 Comment

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Times and venues are advertised as an Event.

2015                    Minute Secretary

13th January  minutes now on website in Forum.

Wed 25.02.15   Jenny Morris

Tue 14.04.15   AGM and committee meeting – Steve Perry

Wed 27.05.15  Sarah McMurchie.

Tue 07.07.15   Simon Randolph

Wed 02.09.15  Mary Welsh

Tue 13.10.15  Jo…


Bird walk 18th January

Posted by Des Bowring on January 18, 2015 at 16:42 4 Comments

A gorgeously crisp winter's morning and a good selection of birds - what more could you ask? The full list is as follows:

Blackcap - up to 3 seen, both male and female birds mainly near the bowling green

Redwing - about 10 birds seen, giving close views

Mistle Thrush - 1 bird seen and song heard

Blackbird - several birds seen

Robin - 2 or 3 birds…


Improving the access to the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on December 13, 2014 at 19:42 0 Comments

10th December 2014.

Phil and Andy, BCC staff who have been working on the Pond Access Improvement project, expect the work to be finished before Christmas.

13th Dec. The wooden walkway is almost complete…


Bristol TreeForum

Posted by Fo SAP on November 30, 2014 at 13:10 4 Comments

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees –

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – You may have heard of last Thursday’s Royal Society report about cities needing to adapt to the effects of climate change. Within the report it recommends planting lots more trees in cities and up on the hills. It predicts…


Bird walk 16 November

Posted by Des Bowring on November 16, 2014 at 17:32 6 Comments

By recent standards this was a fairly uneventful walk, but it was enlivened at the end by Simon spotting a Sparrowhawk. The list in full: 

Sparrowhawk - 1 soaring above the park. A fairly large and stocky bird meant that this was likely to have been a female

Chaffinch - a few showed well

Goldfinch - good numbers feeding in the treetops

Starling - several

Woodpigeon -…


Still clearing the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on November 3, 2014 at 15:30 0 Comments

November 2nd.  We have done several sessions of pond clearing since we last posted in October.  We are definitely winning!

More good news - the work to complete the access to the back of the pond is likely to start again soon. Watch this…


Bird walk 19 October

Posted by Des Bowring on October 19, 2014 at 17:06 2 Comments

Very occasionally something unusual turns up in the park. In the past we've had Waxwings, a Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and the odd fly-over Peregrine or Buzzard. Nothing quite prepared us for this morning's star bird, however. Short-eared Owls breed on moorland in the north and west of the UK and at this time of year move to coastal sites in the south for the winter. We also get an influx of birds from mainland Europe in most autumns. To see one flying only at tree height over…



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Tim Mason posted an event

'Qi-full' in St Andrews Park at St Andrews Park BS7

March 4, 2015 from 1pm to 1:45pm
Get 'Spring' in your step - Qi Gong in the Park1.00pm first Wednesday every month - no charge.See More
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Frog spawn

"Didn't see any frogs today. However, there are newts in the pond. I tried in vain to photograph them, will be back with my camera..."
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Bill Singleton replied to martin weitz's discussion Should smoking be banned in UK parks?
"I'm happy to discourage - even forbid -  smoking in the designated children's area, but perhaps it would be a little draconian to ban it throughout the park.  For now, that is.  It may be that public opinion -…"
Des Bowring replied to martin weitz's discussion Should smoking be banned in UK parks?
"Don't get me started....."
Feb 24
Des Bowring commented on Jon Mortin's blog post Bird Walk: 15th February
"Total seen, unless there is a particular likelihood they are the same birds. "
Feb 24
Jo Corke commented on Jon Mortin's blog post Bird Walk: 15th February
"Over coffee, later, we had a discussion about how to count birds seen. Do you have to see 5 crows at one time to call them 5, or can you count 2 crows at one end of the park, and then three elsewhere 10 minutes later as three or 5?  "
Feb 24
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"BPF Update number 168 now available on this blog In this update: Budget - Green Connect Spring Conference - Grove Wood Trees - Invasive Species Symposium - Kings Weston Steps - Nature Heroes - Bristol BioBlitz! - Geological Interpretation Boards -…"
Feb 24
martin weitz posted a discussion

Should smoking be banned in UK parks?

Is a smoking ban in UK parks and outdoor spaces a good idea? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. Lord Ara Darzi and Oliver Keown at the Institute of Global Health Innovation want a ban to help smokers quit and to protect children from seeing people lighting up.Extending anti-smoking legislation in the UK to encompass a ban in parks and squares “is an opportunity to celebrate the great beacon of healthy living, clean air, and physical activity our green spaces are designed for,” they…See More
Feb 24
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Feb 22

Wellington bomber memorial appeal - a fitting success

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the successful appeal.

The total income after we receive the final instalment from Bristol City Council will be £5,173.03. Of this we spent £3,982.87. The cost of the memorial itself, including installation, was £3,932.50.

This will leave us with the sum of £1,190.16 for maintenance and improvement to the memorial site area.

The £1,190.16 will be kept in with the FoSAP current account, but treated as ring-fenced funding.


Further information about the Wellington bomber that crashed into St. Andrews Park on 30th April 1941 can be found here

Video footage of the memorial service can be found here:


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***** Notice boards have started appearing in our park! *****

I thought you might like to see the notice boards which were cemented into place this morning (10/01/2010), the finger post goes in tomorrow in the middle of the park near the café. A nice start for the year!

Best wishes,

Martin Weitz



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