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Bird walk 16th Jan 2011

The rain held off and we had a good birdwatching session this morning. As we gathered, we were serenaded by a Mistle Thrush, but I would say the song was atypical for this species, sounding more Blackbird-like than usual. Another highlight was a Blackcap giving its 'tack' alarm call but I don't think any of us were able to see it among the dense vegetation near the bowls club. The full list is as follows:


Chaffinch - one or two feeding in the…


Added by Des Bowring on January 16, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

Green Flag Award

BCC has decided to apply for a Green Flag Award for St Andrews Park.

You can read more about Green Flag here

Some members of the FoSAP committee have already been in consultation with BCC personnel. If you want to be actively involved, let us know.

Progress will be…


Added by Fo SAP on December 15, 2010 at 18:09 — 1 Comment

Your views welcomed!!


I'm writing to you on behalf of a pilot research project at the University of Bristol called 'Cities, Universities and Everyday lives'. This is a project to find out more about how the University of Bristol (the older university in the centre, as symbolized by the Wills Tower, see: is seen by the citizens of the city it is…


Added by jane speedy on December 15, 2010 at 9:36 — No Comments

Area Green Space Plans

Background. Bristol's Parks & Green Spaces Strategy was adopted at the Council Cabinet Meeting 21 February 2008. It is aimed at raising the quality of parks and green spaces throughout the city over the next 20 years. As part of the implementation of the strategy Bristol Parks are now consulting on Area Green Space Plans


The AGS plans cover… Continue

Added by Fo SAP on December 8, 2010 at 19:28 — 3 Comments

Environmental Reps

Environmental Reps

It has been a while since I last posted/blogged, but I thought I would draw your attention to a project I'm currently working on.…


Added by Georgie Bryant on December 2, 2010 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 21st November

A cold and drizzly morning did not deter a dedicated band of birders this morning, and we were rewarded with some good birds, many of which were almost certainly of Scandinavian and eastern European origin. A tantalising glimpse of a raptor (I would put my money on Peregrine but cannot rule out Sparrowhawk) set the pulses racing! Species seen and heard:

Starling - a good flock of at least 30 birds wheeling around in spectacular fashion were no… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on November 21, 2010 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 17th October

We had to work surprisingly hard to find the birds today, but eventually the birds found us - a mixed flock of tits and a Goldcrest provided some entertainment at the end of the walk. Full list as follows:

Woodpigeon - 1 or 2 flying around

Jay - 1 heard calling

Carrion Crow - 2 or 3

Magpie - several birds in and… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on October 17, 2010 at 14:32 — No Comments

The Café is saved. Hooray!

Karen and Fay thank everyone who gave their support both at the Open Consultation Meeting on 4th October, commenting on the website, and by writing letters of support.

The Council listened to our concerns, and they have agreed to drop the idea of the semi-permanent kiosk and allow the café to continue to trade as it has always done.

We would also like to thank Alberto and Sue from the Parks department who came to the meeting and,…


Added by Fo SAP on October 16, 2010 at 18:32 — No Comments

Scout, Guide & Community Hut - slightly off topic

I know this is slightly off topic but I'm asking Friends Of St Andrews Park to help out in a small way towards the planned rebuild of the Scout Hut on St Bartholomews Road. A committee has been set up to oversee the planning, funding and building of a new log style hut to be used by Scouts, Guides and the local community.

We've made it through to the final 12 in a competition being run by the Evening Post which is offering a first prize of £7000. They are printing coupons in the paper… Continue

Added by Joel Stokes on October 12, 2010 at 21:31 — No Comments

St Andrews Park Cafe

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us at the meeting on monday by voting down Bristol City Councils proposal for a semi permanent kiosk. Also many thanks to all our customers who…


Added by fay aldridge on October 6, 2010 at 15:30 — 3 Comments

Open Meeting on the cafe in the park

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting.
And a special welcome to all the new website members who have joined in recent days.

Added by Fo SAP on October 4, 2010 at 21:29 — 1 Comment

The Cafe is at Risk!

With the bowling club consultation fiasco still smoldering, once again we are faced with having to defend ourselves and our community against the 'blitz' of Bristol City Council's approach to 'improvement'. Perhaps what we really need in the park is an air-raid shelter!

For those who haven't yet heard, "BCC Parks dept are planning to offer 5 year contracts for semi-permanent kiosks, and there is an option for three of Bristol parks to…


Added by Ches Chesney on September 21, 2010 at 20:04 — 4 Comments

Anti-Social Consultation

I'd like you imagine, for a moment, that you have returned home to discover a letter from Bristol City Council. They have written to you to inform you of a consultation regarding the constuction of a new motorway. They want to know whether you would prefer it to run past the back of your home or the front. How do you feel about that? What goes through your mind? How do you react?

What if you were then told that it was a simply a consultation and that nothing had yet been decided? Would… Continue

Added by Ches Chesney on September 21, 2010 at 20:01 — No Comments

Bird Walk 19th September

Well, the birdwatchers outnumbered the birds this morning, but never mind - these walks are a good forum for exchanging information not only about birds but St Andrews Park itself, so thanks to all who attended. I'm sure next month's walk will be a little more lively! Here is a list of what we did manage to see and/or hear:

Magpie - four or five birds in and around the park

Carrion Crow - two or three seen feeding on the…


Added by Des Bowring on September 19, 2010 at 15:42 — 2 Comments

Next Bird Walk in September not August shock

The next bird walk will be on 19 September. I think I may have said the next one will be in August but to be honest the birds are rather quiet at this time of year. See you all next month!


Added by Des Bowring on August 8, 2010 at 16:18 — No Comments

Depot Fence has now been painted Olive Green

The Depot fence has been painted olive green & matches with the grass.

Miles Harris has been as good as his word & the Community Payback Team did it today

Another FOSAP success story.

Now we must keep it pristine & ensure that any Graffiti is painted out by the Park staff.

All the Best,


Added by Doug Reid on July 19, 2010 at 21:28 — 5 Comments

Community Payback Team due to paint Fence round the Depot on Monday 19th July

The Fence will be painted Olive Green by the Community Payback Team on Monday 19th July.

Miles Harris on 9223719 has organised the Project in conjunction with FOSAP.

All the Best,


Added by Doug Reid on July 15, 2010 at 14:33 — No Comments

Bristol Good Living

Hi there

Hi there

I am carrying out research for the above guide which will be published by Alastair Sawday Publishing in November. This book will detail all the good and green things happening across Bristol (website We'd love to include you in it but need to confirm some details plus the 10-12 word description you would like to see in the book, but can't find anyway of contacting anyone except by… Continue

Added by Bristol Good Living on July 14, 2010 at 9:51 — No Comments

Opening of the park playground

Hi Martin,

thanks for the video - I think it is a first for the website!

And thanks to everyone who made it happen,


Added by Jo Corke on June 13, 2010 at 14:42 — No Comments

Bird Walk 16th May

Despite the decidedly unpromising weather, several people were mad enough to join me in another walk round the park. The overcast, cool and drizzly conditions really seemed to suppress bird song and activity. The list is as follows:

Mistle Thrush - 2 or 3 birds seen

Blackbird - several, including a female gathering nesting material

Starling - 2 or 3

Goldcrest - 1 seen near the…


Added by Des Bowring on May 16, 2010 at 14:10 — No Comments

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