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Toilet renovation

Hi Mary,  You are not the only one who has been concerned about the state of the toilets. Following relentless representations to BCC by the FoSAP committee,  there is Good News. We heard at the Bristol Parks Forum meeting on Saturday (16.10.11)  that work on the toilets  (c. £14,000) is scheduled to start during the first week of…

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Added by Fo SAP on October 20, 2011 at 12:20 — No Comments

Bird walk 16 October

A select band of birdwatchers gathered in beautifully warm sunshine and encountered an equally select band of birds,  As the winter approaches, seeing birds will become less problematic because there will be fewer leaves!

The line-up is as follows:

Jay - one flew over the pond

Carrion Crow - one ot two feeding on the grass

Magpie - several birds seen

Great Tit - quite a few around, calling…

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Added by Des Bowring on October 16, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Bird walk 18 September

It might have been the weather or just bad luck but the bird list for today is the lowest in the illustrious history of St Andrews Park bird walks. Never mind, we did make the most of what the park has to offer in broader wildlife terms including some interesting Ash galls pointed out by Jo and Simon. These are caused by the eriophyid mite Aceria fraxinivorus which is apparently very common. We also saw Grey Squirrels and a Common Carder Bee. The bird list is as…

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Added by Des Bowring on September 18, 2011 at 12:36 — No Comments

The joy of i-spot

I was recently recommended this website by a keen local naturalist. It is run by the Open University and is a great place to upload photos of wildlife and have experts identify them for you. Not only that, but you gain 'social points' the more you use the site and build up your reputation as a naturalist when you identify other people's sightings. Because of this, there is a real incentive to use the site and to be honest… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on September 15, 2011 at 21:15 — 2 Comments

Ashley ward eFocus - July/August 2011‏

Dear Resident



This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is

happening in and around Ashley ward.



If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my

colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available. For

daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at

http://bit.ly/fbashley 



Highways and parking issues:



(1) The controversial…

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Added by Waliur Rahman on August 2, 2011 at 14:08 — No Comments

BEWARE!!!!!! nearly mugged in Toilets!!!

DO NOT GO I(NTO THE TOILETS AFTER DUSK  WE MUST HAVE A LIGHT IN THERE!!!

 

BINOCULARS STOLEN WHICH WERE TO BE FOR MY SISTER!!

 

All the Best,

 

Doug

Added by Doug Reid on July 26, 2011 at 22:41 — No Comments

Park Arts '11

Congratulations to Paul Bullivant for yet another roaring success in organising Park Arts'11.

We are very lucky to have him. & he has worked his butt off to ensure its continuity.

Park Arts '11  was even bigger & better than Park Arts ' 09 so let's look forward to Park Arts ' 13 !!

 

Doug

Added by Doug Reid on July 11, 2011 at 12:55 — No Comments

Ashley ward eFocus - May/June 2011

Dear Resident



This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is happening in and around Ashley ward.



If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available. For daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at http://bit.ly/fbashley 



It was deeply disappointing that Waliur did not get…
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Added by Waliur Rahman on June 9, 2011 at 16:41 — No Comments

Telephone Number for Police if ASB in Park 07766425350

 

A Telephone number for ASB  is 07766425350

 

Alex Owen  PC  said

 

We will continue to patrol the park in plain clothes and also in full uniform in an effort to stop any thing that is causing park users concern.

But could i please ask you all to keep ringing in on the 0845456700 number if there is cause for concern. With our limited numbers and vast area we cannot be in the park all the time and we find that it is when we are not there the problems…

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Added by Doug Reid on June 3, 2011 at 11:58 — No Comments

Bird walk 15 May

Well, the birdsong may not have equalled the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi at Paul's concert, but we heard a Blackbird or two and that's close enough. The full list is as follows:

Magpie - one or two

Blackbird - two or three singing and several seen

Mistle Thrush - a late arrival seen after the walk from the cafe area

Robin - one or two, including one carrying food near the pond, suggesting a…

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Added by Des Bowring on May 15, 2011 at 16:28 — 2 Comments

Make your wildlife sightings count!

I work at Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) as a volunteer, and I would urge anyone to send in records of the wildlife they see in the park. The centre has literally millions of records and is busy digitizing them - a mammoth task. The database is an invaluable tool with which to identify key wildlife sites and threatened habitats throughout the Bristol region, and it would be great to see St Andrews Park well and truly put on the map and recognised as a wildlife haven,… Continue

Added by Des Bowring on May 4, 2011 at 19:32 — No Comments

Ashley e-Focus April 2011

Dear Resident



This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is happening in and around Ashley ward.



If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available. For daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at http://bit.ly/fbashley 



Help on election day - please email or phone if you can…
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Added by Waliur Rahman on April 28, 2011 at 22:41 — No Comments

Bird walk 17 Apr

Frustratingly, one of my ears is blocked and I was fairly useless at hearing the birds this morning, but luckily there were enough keen ears and sharp eyes among the group to compensate. Highlights were at least two Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff no doubt recently arrived from Africa. This is the list:

Blackcap - at least two seen and heard

Chaffinch - rather thin on the ground, with just one heard singing briefly

Goldfinch…

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Added by Des Bowring on April 17, 2011 at 11:56 — No Comments

Ashley Ward e-Focus Late March 2011

Dear Resident



This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is

happening in and around Ashley ward.



If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my

colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available. For

daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at

http://bit.ly/fbashley



(1) Ashley Easton and Lawrence Hill…

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Added by Waliur Rahman on March 21, 2011 at 12:04 — No Comments

Bird walk 20 March

These walks always seem to provide some excitement and this morning's was no exception - 2 Buzzards and a Peregrine passing overhead within minutes of each other made St Andrews Park feel more like the Bosporus than Bristol! The list in full:

Coal Tit - at least 3 birds singing, calling and showing well

Blue Tit - 1 or 2 singing

Great Tit - a few around the park

Long-tailed Tit - small groups…

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Added by Des Bowring on March 20, 2011 at 16:20 — 2 Comments

SEEKING COMMON GROUND

 

Representatives from FoSAP meet with those from other local groups at joint meetings.


The minutes of the most recent meeting, 25.1.11, are  here

Added by Fo SAP on February 21, 2011 at 18:18 — No Comments

Bird walk 20th February

This is the third year of these walks and I'm always gratified by the fact that people always turn up for them. There is usually something unusual to see, and we noted a new bird for the park this morning - a Grey Heron! Sadly it only passed overhead chased by gulls, but one day it might hang around and have a look at the pond! Other highlights included Blackcap, Redwing and Jay. Here's the list:

 

Redwing - 3 or 4 feeding on the grass and in the…

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Added by Des Bowring on February 20, 2011 at 13:32 — No Comments

Ashley e-Focus February 2011

 

Dear Resident



This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is happening in and around Ashley ward. If you want additional information on any topic, then please let my colleague Waliur Rahman or I know or follow the web link where available. For daily updates and events see the wall at Ashley Ward Information Facebook page http://bit.ly/fbashley 



Waliur and I have been carrying out…

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Added by Waliur Rahman on February 13, 2011 at 19:52 — No Comments

Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB's  annual Big Garden Birdwatch happened this weekend and I chose St Andrews Park to do mine this morning. Highlights included a couple of male Blackcaps feeding on cotoneaster berries at the bowling club, 3 Mistle Thrushes and this Redwing. Near the pond 3 Robins were seen together - an unusual sight for this normally aggressive species - although one of them was doing a curious display (presumably threat rather than courtship) waving its head around slowly and baring its…

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Added by Des Bowring on January 30, 2011 at 15:45 — 1 Comment

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…

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

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