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Birds of St Andrews Park - the story so far....

Over the last couple of years I and many others have been noting the birds in St Andrews Park and I've finally got round to doing a spreadsheet as attached. Of course, there will be frequent additions to the list and changes in status of various species, so the list is by no means set in stone. Meanwhile, please feel free to report any sightings either to me privately, or via the website.…



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Added by Des Bowring on April 16, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Petition: Save threatened trees in Bishopston

I received this email and thought I'd pass it on:



I'm writing in the hope that you can help us save 3 trees in Bishopston which face imminent destruction unless the community can pull together to find another way

and save them.…
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Added by Des Bowring on April 6, 2010 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Circuits classes

I remember seeing something, somewhere about circuits classes in the park and i wondered if these were still running and if so when as i'd like to go along. does anyone know the details?

Many thanks

Added by Katie Dumenil on March 29, 2010 at 15:36 — 1 Comment

Bird Walk 21 March

If birdwatching is all about the thrill of the unexpected, then this morning's walk certainly delivered. A fantastic view of a Peregrine cruising over Effingham Road then circling over the park will live long in the memory! Full list of birds seen as follows:



Peregrine

Blackbird - several including one collecting nesting material

Long-Tailed Tit…

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Added by Des Bowring on March 21, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Obscene Graffiti

Obscene Graffiti has now been removed from Benches & Miles Harris on 9223719 will ensure that the rest is removed soon. Please report any Graffiti that you see on this number.

Doug

Added by Doug Reid on March 3, 2010 at 10:51 — No Comments

NEW NOTICE BOARDS -latest progress

Dear Everyone,
sorry for the delay for this update on the Notice Boards project .
PROGRESS to DATE
1/ £10k in funding has been successfully obtained from BCC ( £5k from Neighbourhood Partnership funding and £5k matching funding from BCC)
2/ Jon Rogers has been…
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Added by martin weitz on February 26, 2010 at 13:17 — 9 Comments

Traffic noise pollution

Traffic noise pollution



Bristol City Council have launched an interactive map where people can add their favourite quiet place. This could be a park, woodland, cemetery or other open space. The noise consultation will feed into the noise action plan for the city and help us in developing a noise strategy for Bristol.



"Environmental" or "ambient" noise is unwanted or harmful outdoor sound created by human activities, including road, rail, aircraft and industrial… Continue

Added by Jo Corke on February 22, 2010 at 18:08 — No Comments

Bird Walk 21st February

The first bird walk of 2010 was excellent with both signs of spring and reminders of winter to entertain us. Birds seen were as follows:



Goldfinch - at least half a dozen showing well as they fed in a birch tree

Chaffinch - including males singing and another having a bath!

Greenfinch

Redwing at least 6, maybe more, feeding on the grass

Blackbird

Mistle Thrush - not seen, but song heard rather distantly

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Starling -… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on February 21, 2010 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Graffiti Inspection

A full Inspection of the Park was done today. Obscene Graffiti & Lower grade Graffiti were noted & reported to

Miles Harris Tel No 9223719. He is Chris Hammond's subordinate & is very helpful as is Ann on the

switchboard. Please ring that number as soon as you spot any Graffiti or just contact me & I will deal with it.

Thanks,

Doug

Added by Doug Reid on February 4, 2010 at 14:46 — No Comments

Graffiti has been reported

Graffiti on the Benches has now been reported using 9223719, The Parks Dept main switchboard.

Obscene Graffiti to be removed in 24 hrs & the rest on the 4 benches where adolescents congregate in the Afternoon

to be given a lower priority.

Doug

Added by Doug Reid on February 4, 2010 at 12:06 — No Comments

Council Telephone Numbers to Ring in case of Graffitii

Hi,

Telephone Numbers to ring in case of Graffiti in the Park are Customer Services 9222000

& also Parks 9223719

This will get the ball rolling & we can keep the Park Graffiti Free!!!

All the Best,

Doug (Reid)

Added by Doug Reid on January 30, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

January Bird Walk Cancelled Shock

In view of the latest weather forecast I have cancelled January's bird walk because of the possibility of marauding polar bears adding to health and safety concerns.

The bird walks will resume in February when I'm sure we'll all be basking in above-average temperatures. See you then!

Des

Added by Des Bowring on January 7, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

To Jo Corke

Thanks for that Jo. I couldnt see the time when I drove past in my car but when I had a close look of course the time was on it. A sign that my eyes are deteriorating. Shame I cant be there but I will tell my friends,

Louise McMillan.

Added by Louise McMillan on December 18, 2009 at 9:01 — No Comments

what time for the carols?

Dear all,
I saw the poster for the carols in the park next Tuesday 22nd. There was no time advertised. Do we know what time it is on?

Many thanks,

Louise McMillan.

Added by Louise McMillan on December 16, 2009 at 9:42 — 1 Comment

Cycling City

As part of the

Cycling City and Connect2 Projects, Bristol City Council in partnership with North Somerset Council are proposing to build a new shared pedestrian and cycle path connecting

Clanage Road to Ashton Road. The path would avoid the busy A370 Brunel Way. The proposed path across the bottom of the estate grounds affords spectacular views of the Grade I Listed Mansion House and the Grade II* Listed Landscape. The proposed path would leave Ashton Road at the car… Continue

Added by Fo SAP on December 11, 2009 at 12:54 — No Comments

Cafe

Hi,
I wonder if anyone can help. I want to get in touch with the people who run the cafe in St Andrew's Park (for nice reasons - I'm after some advice) and they've disappeared for the winter. Can anyone help me do this? I can't find a seperate website or anything.
Many thanks,
Di White

Added by Diana White on November 22, 2009 at 12:14 — No Comments

Bird Walk, 15th November

It was a lovely sunny morning following yesterday's stormy conditions and it was good to welcome some new people. Highlights included a vocal but elusive Goldcrest, a confiding Jay and some winter thrushes flying over the park. Birds seen or heard today are as follows:



Blackbird 3 or 4

Chaffinch small groups of mainly female birds, mostly around the park-keeper's compound

Greenfinch 3 Flew around near the main Effingham Road entrance at the start of the… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on November 15, 2009 at 14:46 — No Comments

Bird Walk 18th October

Another successful bird walk on a dry autumn morning - it was good to see some new faces among the party as well. After a quiet start with just a few singing Robins to entertain us, things improved at the pond where a Grey Wagtail did a flypast. Later, a party of Mistle Thrushes feeding in adjacent gardens and flying to and from the park gave excellent views.



Full list of birds seen and heard as follows:



Mistle Thrush (up to 4) These may have been locally bred birds… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on October 18, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Montpelier Poplars Under Threat Again

COLSTON'S TREES THREAT: POPLAR FRONT TO REUNITE 26 SEPTEMBER 2009 AT 10.30AM: BE THERE TO SHOW YOU CARE



Colston's Girls' School is the subject of a planning application submitted in May 2009. Supplementary documents have been posted in September which include felling the remaining black poplars, the very same trees which were saved by protesters in 1989. They omitted to mention this tree felling in their original exhibition leaflet too.



The application also includes… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on September 24, 2009 at 17:14 — 3 Comments

Bird Walk 20 September

It was a great turn-out for the first bird walk after the summer break, but actually seeing any birds was a challenge due to the leaf cover, so we contented ourselves with getting to grips with songs and calls. The highlight was a superb Grey Wagtail which spent time on the usually biologically sterile bowling green! List of birds seen and heard as follows:



Robin (many - including lots singing and calling)

Greenfinch (1)

Great Tit (seemed everywhere!)

Coal Tit (heard… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on September 20, 2009 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

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