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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RHS award submission

Posted by Fo SAP on July 12, 2015 at 11:14 0 Comments

We have applied for the 2015 RHS Award; the judges will visit on 20th and 21st July.

Our submission is…


Traffic Calming Measure Effingham Road June 2015.

Posted by Fo SAP on June 20, 2015 at 12:18 0 Comments

We were asked about Traffic Calming Measures in Effingham Road.   Below is the FoSAP committee response to Cllr. Rob Telford.  Here is the map.

Dear Rob:

I have now…


Parks grounds maintenance changes – citywide. May 2105

Posted by Fo SAP on June 15, 2015 at 12:42 0 Comments

Cllr Fi Hance forwarded the following email to us 9th June 2015.

It will be discussed at the FoSAP meeting 27.6.15

Dear Councillor 

I am writing to advise you of some changes the Parks service has made this year to some of its grounds maintenance services.  Grounds maintenance services include grass cutting, pruning shrubs and ornamental borders, cutting hedges, emptying litter bins and litter picking, maintaining sports pitches,…


Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on June 5, 2015 at 11:35 5 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…


Sarah Tyler BCC report for the parkMay 27th 2105

Posted by Fo SAP on June 3, 2015 at 13:05 0 Comments

Sarah Tyler, at Bristol city council, prepared  this report for the FoSAP committee meeting on 27th May 2105.

there is an update on…


Bird Walk: 17th May

Posted by Jon Mortin on May 17, 2015 at 20:51 1 Comment

Four people (Lois, Nancy, Jan and Jon) were present for this month's bird walk, led by Lois in the absence of Des. There were some nice sunny spells during the hour, but with a chilly wind blowing. The list of birds seen and heard was as follows:

Robin - one or two heard

Wren - several heard

Blackbird - many  (around 10) seen hopping around the park

Mistle Thrush - good views of two individuals in different sections of the park

Dunnock - at least one heard…


Bird walk 3 May

Posted by Des Bowring on May 3, 2015 at 17:18 0 Comments

The special event attracted a good number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people but the birds and the weather were rather less impressive! The full list is as follows:

Goldfinch - lots around, calling, singing and showing well

Chaffinch - at least 2 heard singing

Greenfinch - 1 heard briefly at the pond

Blackbird - a few around

Mistle Thrush - 1…


Coming Soon! Moth Nights!

Posted by Des Bowring on May 2, 2015 at 10:04 0 Comments

I'm hoping to do a bit of moth trapping in the park this summer. I will probably choose week-nights where the forecast is for warm temperatures and preferably cloudy skies. Just an experiment, really, and I will publicise it on the website for any interested people to come along!

Watch this space!


Bird walk 19 April 15

Posted by Des Bowring on April 19, 2015 at 17:30 0 Comments

A quiet day bird-wise, with the cool wind and low temperature possibly suppressing bird activity. There were some interesting moments, though. The full list as follows:

Robin - just 1 or 2 seen and heard

Blue Tit - a few heard and seen

Great Tit - 3 or 4 chiming away and seen feeding

Coal Tit - 1 seen visiting a garden feeder and then entering a nest cavity in a house opposite the park. Luckily, a…


Eclipse in the park!

Posted by Des Bowring on March 21, 2015 at 9:00 0 Comments

Yesterday the park was a favoured destination for local eclipse-watchers. Several groups of people were present and a real spirit of shared experience prevailed. I was able to see the eclipse through one kind gentleman's special glasses and I brought along my own pinhole camera set up.

At the height of the eclipse, the park was bathed in a metallic twilight. The birds carried on singing and feeding as normal though.

Here's to the next eclipse on the park!


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Des Bowring commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Caterpillar husk with cocoons of emerged parasitic wasps attached, August 22nd,'15

"Fantastic stuff Simon - great photo and explanation. "
Aug 24
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Aug 24
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Caterpillar husk with cocoons of emerged parasitic wasps attached, August 22nd,'15

This is the body of a cabbage white caterpillar, near the tip of its food plant - a hedge mustard, growing in the new perennial meadow area. The caterpillar has been attacked by a small parasitic Braconid wasp, almost certainly Apantales glomeratus.…
Aug 24
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo
Aug 23
Jo Corke commented on Des Bowring's photo

A Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata at the pond

"There's a record of the same moth -well the same species, but a different individual I expect - two years ago, Looks like it might…"
Aug 23
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo

The hoverfly Syritta pipiens in the meadow

"And if they don't know...."
Aug 19
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo

The hoverfly Syritta pipiens in the meadow

"Thanks Simon. The question of function of the swollen femurs was raised at a course I attended last weekend with Roger Morris and Stuart Ball - they couldn't put forward any theories either!"
Aug 19
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo

The hoverfly Syritta pipiens in the meadow

"Nice shot, Des. Can't find anything in the literature which suggests any possible function of those swollen femurs, but, as you say, they certainly make it an easy species to identify"
Aug 18
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo

A Lacewing larva in the meadow area

"Don't think I've seen one of these larvae before, Des. Well spotted - your observation skills, not the lacewing!"
Aug 18
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Aug 16
Jo Corke left a comment for doug reid
"Hi Doug and welcome. We now have three members called Doug Reid. Everyone is welcome to attend our committee meetings, so we hope to see you there if you have not been before. Jo (membership)"
Aug 4

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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