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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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…


Committee Meeting Dates

Posted by Fo SAP on January 4, 2015 at 15:44 1 Comment

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


13th January 

2014               Minutes secy

Wed 26.2.14   Martin W

Tue  15.4.14   AGM  Steve Perry

Wed 28th…


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 -…


Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on November 8, 2014 at 13:13 11 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…


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…


Clearing the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on October 16, 2014 at 18:06 0 Comments

October 15th and undeterred by the weather 4 of us joined forces to do some more clearing of the overgrown pond. Becky, Simon, Jo and Maureen, taking the photo.

If you look at it today you can see what we have done so far. We will be there…


Three 'green' talks at the Bishopston Society AGM on Sept 29th 2014 may be of interest

Posted by Simon Randolph on October 1, 2014 at 11:24 1 Comment

All three talks were about local volunteers taking on neighbourhood initiatives to develop green areas for the benefit and use of the  community. A summary of these very interesting talks can be seen here:


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Des Bowring commented on Rebecca Addy's photo


"Great shots, Rebecca."
Des Bowring replied to Jon Mortin's discussion Hedge Laying
"I must admit I'm disappointed that there was a decision to do the whole length of the hedge at once. This leaves no nesting habitat for birds in spring 2015, and many species are already prospecting for nest sites. It will now be several…"
Jon Mortin posted a discussion

Hedge Laying

I didn't actually know this was due to take place (my fault for not reading the minutes and being more involved!). It came as a bit of a shock to see it happening! I always thought the purpose of hedge laying was to make a hedge stock proof (not appropriate here). I am hoping that although it looks drastic, it may bring some future benefit (as is usually the case with any conservation work). Also hoping the diversity of native plant species in the hedge is not reduced. And the removal of so…See More
Jon Mortin commented on Des Bowring's photo

Hedge-laying is in progress

"Showing off the green chain-link fence to great effect!"
Rebecca Addy posted photos
Jan 25
Fo SAP left a comment for Rebecca Addy
"Hi, Good to see you on the Friends website. The pond looks good now it is finished. We did well! The hedge laying pictures that Des has just posted make the area look quite different. We are waiting for the NP meeting this week to see if we will get…"
Jan 25
Des Bowring posted photos
Jan 25
Rebecca Addy is now a member of Friends Of St Andrews Park
Jan 24
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's blog post Bird walk 18th January
"Yes Jo - I was there yesterday and they were doing the hedge. Des"
Jan 24
Fo SAP commented on Des Bowring's blog post Bird walk 18th January
"Hi Des, Have you, in your recent bird recording, seen any sign of hedge laying along the Effingham Road boundary being started? Jo"
Jan 24
Des Bowring posted a blog post

Bird walk 18th January

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 greenRedwing - about 10 birds seen, giving close viewsMistle Thrush - 1 bird seen and song heardBlackbird - several birds seenRobin - 2 or 3 birds seenWren - 2 seenGoldcrest - 1 in a pine near the children's play areaCoal Tit - at least 1Blue Tit - 2 or 3 seen and heardGreat Tit - several birdsHouse…See More
Jan 18
Des Bowring posted photos
Jan 18

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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