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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Four people (Lois, Nancy, Jan and Jon) were present for this month's bird walk, led by Lois in the absence of Des. There were some nice sunny spells during the hour, but with a chilly wind blowing. The list of birds seen and heard was as follows:
Robin - one or two heard
Wren - several heard
Blackbird - many (around 10) seen hopping around the park
Mistle Thrush - good views of two individuals in different sections of the park
Dunnock - at least one heard…Continue
The special event attracted a good number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people but the birds and the weather were rather less impressive! The full list is as follows:
Goldfinch - lots around, calling, singing and showing well
Chaffinch - at least 2 heard singing
Greenfinch - 1 heard briefly at the pond
Blackbird - a few around
Mistle Thrush - 1…Continue
I'm hoping to do a bit of moth trapping in the park this summer. I will probably choose week-nights where the forecast is for warm temperatures and preferably cloudy skies. Just an experiment, really, and I will publicise it on the website for any interested people to come along!
Watch this space!
A quiet day bird-wise, with the cool wind and low temperature possibly suppressing bird activity. There were some interesting moments, though. The full list as follows:
Robin - just 1 or 2 seen and heard
Blue Tit - a few heard and seen
Great Tit - 3 or 4 chiming away and seen feeding
Coal Tit - 1 seen visiting a garden feeder and then entering a nest cavity in a house opposite the park. Luckily, a…Continue
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
More Qi Gong / Tai Chi drop-in sessions coming up early June, as follows: Mon 1 June 8am & 1pm Wed 3 June 1pm Put a Spring in your step as you inhale the energy of our dear green place. Look out…0 Comments 0 Likes
Wine and song. Local choirs - Gas Works Singers, Gas Men and Kettle of Fish entertain to raise funds to build schools and health centres in remote, quake damaged areas of Nepal, supported by PHASE in…
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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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