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
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?
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
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
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.…Continue
Added by Fo SAP on September 9, 2015 at 15:31 — No Comments
We were asked about Traffic Calming Measures in Effingham Road. Below is the FoSAP committee response to Cllr. Rob Telford. Here is the map.
I have now…Continue
Added by Fo SAP on June 20, 2015 at 12:18 — No Comments
Cllr Fi Hance forwarded the following email to us 9th June 2015.
It will be discussed at the FoSAP meeting 27.6.15
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,…Continue
Added by Fo SAP on June 15, 2015 at 12:42 — No Comments
Sarah Tyler, at Bristol city council, prepared this report for the FoSAP committee meeting on 27th May 2105.
there is an update on…Continue
Added by Fo SAP on June 3, 2015 at 13:05 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on May 3, 2015 at 17:18 — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on April 19, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on March 15, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments
If you see a problem that needs reporting it is easy to do it online. If you go toContinue
Added by Fo SAP on February 18, 2015 at 16:16 — No Comments
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jo Corke on December 13, 2014 at 19:42 — No Comments
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…Continue
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