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Bird walk 13 Dec

The mild and overcast conditions meant that our Christmas walk wasn't very Christmassy, but there were plenty of birds. The full list is as follows:

Robin - a few seen and heard

Blackbird - 4 or 5 seen

Wren - 1 or 2 in song and 2 seen in a front garden across the road

Redwing - 2 or 3 seen

Starling - a group of up to 10 seen in the 'starling tree'.



Added by Des Bowring on December 13, 2015 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Newsletter Autumn - Winter 2015

You can read the Autumn - Winter FoFAP newsletter here.

Added by Fo SAP on December 5, 2015 at 10:26 — No Comments

Bird walk 15 November

Well, we turned up but the birds didn't! We finished with one of the lowest bird counts ever, but luckily we had both fungi and invertebrate experts among our number so there was something else to look at. The complete list, for what it's worth:

Woodpigeon - very hard to find until the end of the walk when a few were seen

Feral Pigeon - several seen

Magpie - one or two

Crow - a…


Added by Des Bowring on November 15, 2015 at 13:41 — 2 Comments

Liaison with Police

It was reported to FoSAP early in November that two teenagers were mugged recently in St. Andrews Park in separate incidents. One of them was beaten up quite badly and mugged and the other was held at knifepoint.  It is believed this was after dark and possibly drug related.

 FoSAP has been in contact with PC Andy Stamp of the Redland beat police who was very concerned about recent alleged assaults.  It seems that so far as the police are concerned, whilst the police have received…


Added by Fo SAP on November 10, 2015 at 16:39 — No Comments

Frank Kwabena

Is probably not a Valid registration for this website.
Admin is investigating, but in the meantime I suggest you do not respond.

Added by Fo SAP on October 19, 2015 at 17:47 — 1 Comment

Bird walk cancelled shock!

I'm going to be in London next Sunday when the St Andrews Park bird walk is scheduled. Unless someone can stand in for me, I will have to cancel or postpone the event.


Added by Des Bowring on October 11, 2015 at 14:57 — No Comments

St Andrews Park - nitrous oxide capital!

While strolling around the park at lunchtime I was amazed to see the number of people inhaling nitrous oxide. Some were doing it in circles on the grass and others while sat on benches. I know that the practice is legal and I don't care what young people do in their spare time but are there any bye-laws covering this particular pursuit in the park?

Added by Des Bowring on September 27, 2015 at 15:25 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 20 September

A good turn-out for the first walk of the autumn and a warm welcome to those who attended for the first time. There were no surprises bird-wise, but it was a pleasure to be out in such nice weather. The list is as follows:

Wren - a couple in rather subdued song

Robin - at least 1 seen and 4 or 5 singing around the park

Dunnock - a couple seen and heard

Blackbird - a few seen



Added by Des Bowring on September 20, 2015 at 14:47 — 1 Comment

The FoSAP Minutes are posted in the forum section.

The minutes of the recent meeting on 2nd September 2015  are here.

Added by Fo SAP on September 18, 2015 at 16:54 — No Comments

Our Park Keeper.

News on Park  Keeper.

Following a request to BCC we received the following from Richard Fletcher 3.9.15:

There are no plans to move a park keeper post from St Andrews.  We feel having a site presence is the most efficient way of dealing with the workload there.  I guess we would always have to have in mind whether the right person is in there but we don’t have plans to change the staff member either.  I hope that helps.…


Added by Fo SAP on September 9, 2015 at 15:31 — No Comments

Traffic Calming Measure Effingham Road June 2015.

We were asked about Traffic Calming Measures in Effingham Road.   Below is the FoSAP committee response to Cllr. Rob Telford.  Here is the map.

Dear Rob:

I have now consulted our committee about the proposed traffic calming measures at the junction of…


Added by Fo SAP on June 20, 2015 at 12:18 — No Comments

Parks grounds maintenance changes – citywide. May 2105

Cllr Fi Hance forwarded the following email to us 9th June 2015.

It will be discussed at the FoSAP meeting 27.6.15

Dear Councillor 

I am writing to advise you of some changes the Parks service has made this year to some of its grounds maintenance services.  Grounds maintenance services include grass cutting, pruning shrubs and ornamental borders, cutting hedges, emptying litter bins and litter picking, maintaining sports pitches,…


Added by Fo SAP on June 15, 2015 at 12:42 — No Comments

Sarah Tyler BCC report for the parkMay 27th 2105

Sarah Tyler, at Bristol city council, prepared  this report for the FoSAP committee meeting on 27th May 2105.

there is an update on the Paddling Pool, Gates, fences and walls, Flower beds, BBQs, Fly tipping…


Added by Fo SAP on June 3, 2015 at 13:05 — No Comments

Bird Walk: 17th May

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…


Added by Jon Mortin on May 17, 2015 at 20:51 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 3 May

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…


Added by Des Bowring on May 3, 2015 at 17:18 — No Comments

Coming Soon! Moth Nights!

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!


Added by Des Bowring on May 2, 2015 at 10:04 — No Comments

Bird walk 19 April 15

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…


Added by Des Bowring on April 19, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Eclipse in the park!

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!

Added by Des Bowring on March 21, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Bird walk 15 March 2015

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…


Added by Des Bowring on March 15, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Bristol city council - How to report problems.

If you see a problem that needs reporting it is easy to do it online.    If you go to

the BCC website

and click on the tab REPORT you will get this list.…


Added by Fo SAP on February 18, 2015 at 16:16 — No Comments

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