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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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!

Bird walk 15 March 2015

Posted by Des Bowring on March 15, 2015 at 14:30 0 Comments

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…


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 -…



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Information notice is now put up on the newly created meadow site, April15th '15

This briefly explains what has been carried out in this area and why.
Des Bowring commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Wild flower meadow site construction now completed, April 11th '15

"Great. I look forward to some wild flowers in the meadow and some birds in the wildlife hedge in about 2020."
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Wild flower meadow site construction now completed, April 11th '15

The area has been stripped of around 4'' of topsoil to reduce soil fertility. This will give the wild flowers a growth advantage over grasses, producing, in the long term, a more flowery meadow.Seed will be sown in early May. A list will be put on…
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Mistle Thrush with worms, April 6th '15

"Yes almost certainly evidence of young being fed."
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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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