Back from my short break Welcome to all the new members of Friends of St Andrews Park.
I hope you all enjoy using the park and find our website useful and informative.
I will be sending you new members an individual welcome as you join or shortly thereafter.
Regina (membership secretary)
Added by Regina Calway on June 13, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments
A shortened ramble this morning and with just three of us in attendance. The highlight was good views of a couple of Goldcrests. The full list as follows:
Starling - one searching for and carrying food suggests a nest nearby
Blackbird - several feeding on the grass and lots of song heard
Goldcrest - one hear singing near the park-keepers compound and two seen at the top of the park - they may have had a nest in a …Continue
Added by Des Bowring on May 19, 2013 at 16:29 — No Comments
Last week I had an invite from Chris Hammond to join him, plus Fay of the Tea Garden and our new AEO, Mark Owen, by the main gate on Effingham road to discuss remedial work on the new fencing. Chris told us that there had been a lack of communication that had lead to some of the problems that have arisen. To overcome these, he is recommending the following actions:1. The new gates will be replaced with chicanes which will serve the…Continue
Added by Claire Stoker on May 8, 2013 at 10:36 — No Comments
I saw this on the BBC and thought it was very relevant to FOSAP:
Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the…Continue
Added by Fo SAP on April 27, 2013 at 18:03 — No Comments
Well as Simon said earlier, we were able to see a Mistle Thrush nest with young - a definite highlight of this morning's walk. The full list:
Mistle Thrush - song heard and nest found. I wonder if the singing bird (which seemed to be coming from the other side of the park) was additional to the pair seen near the nest?
Blackbird - several birds
Robin - 1 or 2
Dunnock - a couple of singing birds
Wren - at least 2 birds, 1 showing well near the bowling…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on April 21, 2013 at 15:59 — No Comments
If you would like to read a summary of the recent Mayor's talk to the Open Meeting of the Bishopston Society, you can find this at:
Added by Simon Randolph on March 30, 2013 at 14:24 — No Comments
Some cracking birds this morning, and thanks to Simon for spotting the stars of the show - 4 Waxwings! Full list as follows:
Waxwing - 4 birds near the bowling green
Redwing - 2 feeding on the grass
Blackcap - a male in song
Mistle Thrush - 2 birds feeding on the grass
Blackbird - several birds feeding on the ground. Song and alarm calls…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on March 17, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments
The posting below to several members of the Friends website is spam. I would recommend NOT ANSWERING.
Generally the system stops this happening. I have asked admin to take it down.
A satisfying variety of birds seen in the park this morning, including a showy Blackcap and a Fieldfare. Full list as follows:
Fieldfare - 1 feeding on the grass
Blackcap - a male showed well as it fed in the bare branches
Blackbird - several seen
Long-tailed Tit - just 1 or 2 seen
Blue Tit - several seen
Great Tit - 1 or 2 heard
Added by Des Bowring on February 17, 2013 at 18:57 — No Comments
For decades, the plummeting populations of bees and other pollinators have provoked serious concern: the busy insects' work is essential to about a third of all the food we eat, including tomatoes, beans,…Continue
Well, one like St Andrews Park, of course!
You can read an article from the BBC here
Added by Jo Corke on December 20, 2012 at 10:25 — No Comments
Some two years ago, concern was raised by the Friends of St Andrews Park about the danger to children using bicycles, toboggans, skateboards and scooters at the two park entrances on Effingham Road. Since then we have been in discussions with Bristol City Council about the feasibility of putting up some kind of gates at the main entrance and for the erection of a…Continue
Only a few hard-core birdwatchers turned up today and the birds themselves played hard to get. The full list is as follows:
Chaffinch - a few flying over or seen in the trees
Greenfinch - 1 or 2 flying over
Goldfinch - a small group seen
Robin - several birds around, at least 1 seen well and vigorous song heard
Wren - 1 near the toilets. We don't always see or hear this…Continue
The weather forecast for Wednesday is not good.
An earlier start may well be appropriate – perhaps as early as 2pm.
Check it out in the park – Fay will put up signs Wednesday morning.
At times it was very quiet this morning with seemingly little bird activity but we reached a respectable total in the end, helped by a fly-over Redpoll, a small finch with a distinctive buzzing call. The list in full:
Redpoll sp. - 1 flew over the Cuckoo's Nest bowling green
Goldfinch - present in small groups
Chaffinch - 1 or 2
Greenfinch - 2 or…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on October 21, 2012 at 15:54 — No Comments
As expected, there were not too many birds on view this morning due to the dense foliage on the trees but we managed to make the most of a small total. Full list as follows:
Blue Tit - one or two
Great Tit - a few showing well
Coal Tit - one calling as I left the park
Carrion Crow - three or four around
Magpie - several
Swallow or House…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on September 16, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments
The idea for a Table Tennis table was first mooted in 2009. Now, 2012, the table has been installed.
The official “Ping” month is during July 2012.…Continue
On May 1st, our chair John Mayne attended a meeting at the Bridewell police station called by Inspector Keith…Continue