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Bird walk 16 November

Posted by Des Bowring on November 16, 2014 at 17:32 2 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:

Bird walk 21 September 2014

Posted by Des Bowring on September 21, 2014 at 16:36 0 Comments

Not a bad morning considering the leaves on the trees making bird spotting rather difficult. The full list as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - one female showed well near the pond

Jay - two or three showing well

Coal Tit - one gave good views near the pond

Mistle Thrush - one near the toilets

Blue Tit - one or two

Great Tit - several calling and one singing

Robin - several songsters

Blackbird - two or three including a juvenile and…



Posted by Jo Corke on September 9, 2014 at 17:16 0 Comments

The UK has 59 species of resident butterflies (Avon Wildlife Trust, Spring 2014).

In the park we have recorded 6 species which are below. If you search the photos on the website for 'Butterfly' you can read more about them.…


Wildlife Pond

Posted by Mrs Zenia Pudduck on August 28, 2014 at 8:21 1 Comment

Currently staying in St Andrews and great to see the pond looking so much better than my last visit.  Could not see any sign of the goldfish, so guess now there is more water they can conceal themselves over a larger area.  I am really looking forward to seeing  the changes in the the trees during the autumn months.


Posted by Tony Bacon on August 7, 2014 at 14:00 1 Comment

What a lovely day out at st Andrews and may i say the park looked great must thank the workers there and the pool was great.


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Elaine Hicks commented on Des Bowring's blog post Bird walk 16 November
"I am really sorry I missed the bird walk, I walked round the park on Friday to see if there was a notice about a bird walk, having checked web site first but didn't see one. Meant to send an email asking when the next one was due but…"
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's blog post Bird walk 16 November
"Though to be honest, when I spotted the bird of prey circling and soaring above the park, I blurted out ' Buzzard'! It needed Des to quickly correct me -' No, a Sparrowhawk'. Having seen umpteen Buzzards soaring and gliding, but…"
Toby OCM replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Thanks Jo.  Is someone able to find out?"
Des Bowring posted a blog post

Bird walk 16 November

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 femaleChaffinch - a few showed wellGoldfinch - good numbers feeding in the treetopsStarling - severalWoodpigeon - several in the park plus a flock of 30+ flying overheadCollared Dove - at least 1 seenFeral Pigeon - several near the caféRobin - good…See More
Nov 16
Des Bowring posted a photo

Autumn Blackbird

One of several birds seen today.
Nov 16
Simon Randolph posted photos
Nov 16
Fo SAP replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Hi Toby, Thanks for this. The mowing of the park is carried out by English Landscapes who have the maintenence contract. If this is also on their schedule they will do it. If it is not, then the community flower project organisers will need to…"
Nov 15
Simon Randolph posted a photo

Phil and Andy are making excellent progress on the pond path. Nov 14th '14

The sleepers for the path are now going down onto the sand base. This will be a very substantial structure when completed.Phil told me they surprised a heron by the pond's edge this morning. This clearly explains the disappearance of the goldfish!…
Nov 14
Fo SAP replied to Fo SAP's discussion Minutes 14.10.14
"The minutes of the committee meeting on 14.10.14 are available on the Forum If you have any questions please get in touch."
Nov 9
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Update 163 Nov 2014 In this update: End of Year Report 2014 - Love Parks Survey - Green Capital Applications - Green Volunteers Awards Party - National Pollinator Strategy.  End of Year Report 2014"
Nov 8
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging

At the FOSAP meeting in October I raised the question of whether the wildflower beds would be mowed before winter, since they occupy most of the area used by local children for sledging when it snows. If left in their current form, there will be no sledging this winter. Could the FOSAP committee please chase BCC to get this done?
Nov 7

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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