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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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!
Although the chilly, overcast weather suggested winter was unwilling to relinquish its grip, there were thankfully a few signs of spring. The full list is as follows:
Redwing - about 40 counted. A remarkable count for a small urban park.
Starling - at least 20 seen, often associating with the thrushes
Mistle Thrush - we wondered if there might be 2 pairs in the park and that one individual might have been prospecting for…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
The AGM is open to everyone and we hope that you will come along. The minutes of the meeting on 25.2.15 are here. The NP report is here. The wildlife report is here. The agenda will appear shortly.0 Comments 0 Likes
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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 hereVideo footage of the memorial service can be found here:
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