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Work of the Wildlife Group

Comments for the Wildlife group are posted below this introduction to the work of the wildlife group.

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Our formal ‘Victorian’ park might not seem to provide much in the way of interesting habitat for wildlife. Yet we can boast of having over 175 mature trees comprising at least 32 different species. (If you open the 'Trees' tab at the top of the Main page, you can find out more about our park trees.)

Comments for the Wildlife group are posted below this introduction to the work of the wildlife group.
Over 14 years ago an earlier wildlife group planted stretches of hedge along Effingham Road and opposite St Bart's Church made up of a mix of native tree species and flowering shrubs which have now matured. These attract a variety of birds and insects by offering them a range of food as well as nesting and shelter sites.

We have been steadily improving on this existing biodiversity. In agreement with the Parks department, we have built a pond (2007) seeded a wildflower meadow (2009) and planted additional hawthorn and blackthorn saplings (2009.) We have (2010) persuaded the Parks department to replace their previous severe hedge-cutting regime and institute instead a much more wildlife friendly approach to the cutting and management of the mature hedges which will involve less frequent cuts and allow the plants to grow significantly thicker and higher. This has to be good news for many invertebrate species as well as hedge nesting birds and birds that just use the hedge as a food resource. A shady 'woodland' area between the edge of the depot and the meadow area has been partially planted with shade loving native species: wild garlic, red campion and native bluebells (2011). A further section of this shade area will be similarly planted in 2012.

In September 2012, three diseased cherry trees were cut down in the park.  The trunks were placed in the lower corner between the depot and the shade area. As these slowly rot, they will become a rotting wood habitat, colonised, we hope, by various invertebrates and fungi that feed on and in the wood.

We organise regular morning birdwatch meetings on the third Sunday of the month, usually from September to June, to follow the changing bird populations during the year.

Photographs of the natural history of the park are regularly added to the website which record the natural wildlife and seasonal changes taking place in the park.

The south facing slope below the Bowling Green was cleared (April 2011) of the small ash trees that had seeded themselves here.  Also partial clearance and serious pruning has been carried out on the gorse,bramble,Taveller's Joy (wild clematis) and cotoneaster shrubs that had come to dominate this area.  In their place, a variety of herbaceous plants have been planted which should provide an attractive resource for insects looking for pollen and nectar. 

The following plants form the main body of the planting on the slope:

  • Fragasia vesca                                
  • Thymus drucei                                 
  • Nepeta mussinii                
  • Aubrieta deltoides              
  • Aster novii - belgii                
  • Scabiosa autopurpurea                    
  • Waldsteinia ternata                         
  • Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'
  • Geranium Macorhizzum 'Ingwersen's Variety'



 If you would like to help in any way in developing the park as a more interesting and attractive place for wildlife, or just to be kept informed of any news and developments relating to the animals and plants of the park, then you are most welcome to join our group; please contact us through this website.

 You can find out about nature reserves managed by Bristol City Council here.

Jo Corke and Simon Randolph.

Discussion Forum

The Value of Different Tree Species for Invertebrates and Lichens

Started by Des Bowring. Last reply by Simon Randolph Oct 11, 2009. 4 Replies

Here's an interesting web page that lists the most important tree species for associated invertebrates…Continue

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Comment by Fo SAP on Sunday

This may be of interest to our group as its next (small and cheap) project, the construction of a couple of bee hotels as shown here:

http://www.bwars.com/sites/www.bwars.com/files/info_sheets/Bee_Hote...

 The necessary DIY skills seem minimal!!

I will email the wildlife group to see if there is any interest.

Comment by Alison Griffies on May 10, 2015 at 13:33

List of plants added to the pond bank May 10th 2015

  • Achillea Rose Madder x1
  • Achillea Walther Funcke x1
  • Bellflower Campanula perscicifolia Peach leaf bellflower x3
  • * Borage Borago officianalis
  • Borage
  • Bugle Ajuga reptans x7
  • Campion bladder Silene vulgaris x3
  • Catmint Nepeta hybrida ‘Dawn to Dusk’x2
  • Cowslip
  • Red Clover Trifolium pratense x2
  • * Comfrey Spymphytum officianale
  • Cranesbill Geranium oxonianum Wargrave pink x2
  • Cranesbill Geranium oxonianum Johnsons Blue x2
  • Cranesbill Geranium oxonianum Mrs Kendall x1
  • Cranesbill Geranium maculatum chatto x1
  • Flowering currant Ribes odoratum x1
  • Daisy ox eye Leucanthemum vulgare x2
  • White Deadnettle Lamium album x1
  • Red Deadnettle Lamium red nancy x3
  • Knapweed Centaurea scabiousa Greater knapweed x2
  • Knapweed Centaurea montana x1
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia x6
  • Mahonia japonica x1
  • Mallow common Malva sylvestris x1
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officianalis x1
  • Sage Salvia officianalis x3
  • Meadow clary Salvia pratensis x3
  • Scabious Knautia macedonica Red scabious x1
  • Scabious Knautia arvensis Field scabious x2
  • Sedum Sedum spectabile x2
  • Red Valerian Centranthus rubra x3
  • White Valerian Centranthus alba pura  x1
Comment by Jo Corke on April 24, 2015 at 10:47

Invasive Weeds - a report    here.

Comment by Jo Corke on February 19, 2015 at 18:21

Wildlife Report for Feb 25th 2015 meeting.

1. The Effingham Road hedge has been laid. It does look a bit drastic, but we hope it will soon be an enhanced wildlife feature, and it should please the people who live in that bit of Effingham Road and who had complained about the hedge being too high.

2. The pond access improvement is now finished. We await the frogs return.

3. RHS parks Award.  John to report – we have made an initial application  pending the meeting’s agreement to proceed.

4. Perennial Wildflower meadow. We have been told that our application for re-creating the meadow has been successful (but have not actually had the email yet) and are in consultation with Sarah Tyler’s team at BCC; we think that the ground preparation will be done in-house by BCC. We will be organising the sowing of the seed ourselves, perhaps as a work-day.

5. The maintenance of herbaceous slope below the Bowling Green has been taken on by a Fosap member, Alison Griffies.

6. If you want to take on something similar, let us know. There are other bits looking for some TLC.

7. February’s Bird Walk was led by Lois; A good number of people attended, and the list of sightings was appropriately longer.   

Comment by Jon Mortin on June 14, 2014 at 19:20

Two Pipistrelle Bats feeding above the pond area on Wednesday evening. Hard to photograph in the fading light but I got a few silhouette-like shots against the sky.

Comment by tim cowell on March 19, 2014 at 14:45

great to see improvements re. pond- my grandson fell in last month!! Tim C

Comment by Jo Corke on November 29, 2013 at 17:46

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is once again returning to Bristol and will be open to visitors from Saturday 30 November to 23 February.

The touring exhibition is displayed at MShed - Bristol

New for this year, the touring photography competition in Bristol will be complemented with a display - Bristol wildlife - get wild about your city - celebrating the city’s diverse and special wildlife.

Jo

Comment by Jo Corke on November 29, 2013 at 16:52

It’s Good News Week: after several months – years?- of submissions, applications and frustration we are pleased to announce that the three improvements we need have all been approved this month.

1. The improvement to the far side of the pond, which will entail some digging out of the bank to allow a safe route around the pond is being undertaken by Justin Smith, the BBC wildlife officer with his team of helpers. We do not have a date for this yet, but it should begin soon.

2. A team from Avon Wildlife Trust volunteers will do a major clearance of vegetation from the pond, which will enable us to deal with regular clearance more easily; this will be on January 6th and everyone is welcome to come along and cheer them on – you won’t have to do any work yourself!

3. The repairs to the pond gate and the extension of the perimeter fence to include the several unfenced metres near Melita Road gate is due to be done on December 18th.

Thanks to all who have helped, encouraged and supported us in our grant applications for these works,

Jo and Simon.

Comment by Jo Corke on April 12, 2013 at 14:14

The annual report of the wildlife group for the AGM is here.

Comment by Jo Corke on March 23, 2013 at 11:02

Tree Plan moves forward. Caroline Hollies (TreeBristol) presentation in March 2013 to FoSAP is here.

If you have been to the park recently you will have seen the new trees; if not, photos on this website.

 
 
 

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