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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.

Des

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

Mistle…

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

Des

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…

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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…

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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…

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

Bird Walk: 15th February

Once again, an enjoyable walk led this time by Lois, who broke with tradition and took us on an exciting anticlockwise route around the park, with a good selection of birds seen and heard along the way. The full list is as follows:

Blue Tit: 2 or 3 seen

Great Tit: 2 or 3 seen

Long-tailed Tit: 3 seen

Coal Tit: 1 seen

Robin: at least 2 seen

Starling: at least 20 seen

Redwing: at least 10 seen in the trees and on the ground

Mistle Thrush:…

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Added by Jon Mortin on February 15, 2015 at 15:14 — 3 Comments

Bird walk 18th January

A gorgeously crisp winter's morning and a good selection of birds - what more could you ask? The full list is as follows:

Blackcap - up to 3 seen, both male and female birds mainly near the bowling green

Redwing - about 10 birds seen, giving close views

Mistle Thrush - 1 bird seen and song heard

Blackbird - several birds seen

Robin - 2 or 3 birds…

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Added by Des Bowring on January 18, 2015 at 16:42 — 4 Comments

Improving the access to the pond

10th December 2014.

Phil and Andy, BCC staff who have been working on the Pond Access Improvement project, expect the work to be finished before Christmas.

13th Dec. The wooden walkway is almost complete…

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Added by Jo Corke on December 13, 2014 at 19:42 — No Comments

Bristol TreeForum

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees –

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – You may have heard of last Thursday’s Royal Society report about cities needing to adapt to the effects of climate change. Within the report it recommends planting lots more trees in cities and up on the hills. It predicts…

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Added by Fo SAP on November 30, 2014 at 13:10 — 4 Comments

Bird walk 16 November

By recent standards this was a fairly uneventful walk, but it was enlivened at the end by Simon spotting a Sparrowhawk. The list in full: 

Sparrowhawk - 1 soaring above the park. A fairly large and stocky bird meant that this was likely to have been a female

Chaffinch - a few showed well

Goldfinch - good numbers feeding in the treetops

Starling - several

Woodpigeon -…

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Added by Des Bowring on November 16, 2014 at 17:32 — 6 Comments

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