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 15 November

Posted by Des Bowring on November 15, 2015 at 13:41 2 Comments

Well, we turned up but the birds didn't! We finished with one of the lowest bird counts ever, but luckily we had both fungi and invertebrate experts among our number so there was something else to look at. The complete list, for what it's worth:

Woodpigeon - very hard to find until the end of the walk when a few were seen

Feral Pigeon - several seen

Magpie - one or two

Crow - a…


Liaison with Police

Posted by Fo SAP on November 10, 2015 at 16:39 0 Comments

It was reported to FoSAP early in November that two teenagers were mugged recently in St. Andrews Park in separate incidents. One of them was beaten up quite badly and mugged and the other was held at knifepoint.  It is believed this was after dark and possibly drug related.

 FoSAP has been in contact with PC Andy Stamp of the Redland beat police who was very concerned about recent alleged assaults.  It seems that so far as the police are concerned, whilst the police have received…


Frank Kwabena

Posted by Fo SAP on October 19, 2015 at 17:47 1 Comment

Is probably not a Valid registration for this website.
Admin is investigating, but in the meantime I suggest you do not respond.

Bird walk cancelled shock!

Posted by Des Bowring on October 11, 2015 at 14:57 0 Comments

I'm going to be in London next Sunday when the St Andrews Park bird walk is scheduled. Unless someone can stand in for me, I will have to cancel or postpone the event.


RHS award submission

Posted by Fo SAP on October 3, 2015 at 17:45 1 Comment

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

Our submission is…


St Andrews Park - nitrous oxide capital!

Posted by Des Bowring on September 27, 2015 at 15:25 1 Comment

While strolling around the park at lunchtime I was amazed to see the number of people inhaling nitrous oxide. Some were doing it in circles on the grass and others while sat on benches. I know that the practice is legal and I don't care what young people do in their spare time but are there any bye-laws covering this particular pursuit in the park?

Bird walk 20 September

Posted by Des Bowring on September 20, 2015 at 14:47 1 Comment

A good turn-out for the first walk of the autumn and a warm welcome to those who attended for the first time. There were no surprises bird-wise, but it was a pleasure to be out in such nice weather. The list is as follows:

Wren - a couple in rather subdued song

Robin - at least 1 seen and 4 or 5 singing around the park

Dunnock - a couple seen and heard

Blackbird - a few seen



The FoSAP Minutes are posted in the forum section.

Posted by Fo SAP on September 18, 2015 at 16:54 0 Comments

The minutes of the recent meeting on 2nd September 2015  are here.

Our Park Keeper.

Posted by Fo SAP on September 9, 2015 at 15:31 0 Comments

News on Park  Keeper.

Following a request to BCC we received the following from Richard Fletcher 3.9.15:

There are no plans to move a park keeper post from St Andrews.  We feel having a site presence is the most efficient way of dealing with the workload there.  I guess we would always have to have in mind whether the right person is in there but we don’t have plans to change the staff member either.  I hope that helps.…


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…



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December 7


Latest Activity

Des Bowring posted an event

Christmas Bird Walk! at Main Effingham Road entrance

December 13, 2015 from 10am to 11am
Come and join us for a wander in the winter wonderland that is St Andrews Park. There may not be any turkeys or a partridge in a pear tree, but there should be some other nice birds.Free! All welcome.See More
5 hours ago
Des Bowring replied to Des Bowring's discussion The mysterious BMH
7 hours ago
Fo SAP replied to Des Bowring's discussion The mysterious BMH
"HI Des, BMH was a spammer. Admin has removed them"
14 hours ago
Des Bowring posted a discussion

The mysterious BMH

Are people allowed to have private accounts on this website?See More
Nov 24
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo

The first of the Redwings in the park this morning

"Huh! You'll be claiming a short-eared owl next!"
Nov 23
Simon Randolph commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Bright green lichen growing on dead ash log, Nov 15th '15

"It's on the felled trunk in front of toilet block,Jo."
Nov 23
Fo SAP commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Bright green lichen growing on dead ash log, Nov 15th '15

"Hi, I need to see this lichen in vivo before I try an ID. Where is this dead Ash log? I looked behind the depot just now, but I could see only Cherry trunks."
Nov 23
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo

The first of the Redwings in the park this morning

"Thanks Simon. Also a female Blackcap seen and a Lesser Spotted Jo Corke."
Nov 23
Fo SAP left a comment for Sarah Wade
"Welcome to the website Sarah, You are right - the park does have a great sense of community. Perhaps you can come along and meet some of the others in this community on Dec 2nd - it's a short committee meeting followed by a seasonal…"
Nov 23
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo
Nov 22
Des Bowring posted photos
Nov 22
Des Bowring commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Group of small millipede species found under Dead Man's Fingers fungus, Nov 15th '15

"I noticed several species of small furry animals gathered together in St Andrews Park and grooving with a Pict yesterday."
Nov 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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