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 and they have begun to lay the non-slip wire surface and to…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 many more vulnerable people (elderly mainly) in the coming decades and…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
More good news - the work to complete the access to the back of the pond is likely to start again soon. Watch this…Continue
Added by Jo Corke on November 3, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments
Very occasionally something unusual turns up in the park. In the past we've had Waxwings, a Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and the odd fly-over Peregrine or Buzzard. Nothing quite prepared us for this morning's star bird, however. Short-eared Owls breed on moorland in the north and west of the UK and at this time of year move to coastal sites in the south for the winter. We also get an influx of birds from mainland Europe in most autumns. To see one flying only at tree height over…Continue
If you look at it today you can see what we have done so far. We will be there again Sunday morning - we welcome more help, so come along and join…Continue
Added by Jo Corke on October 16, 2014 at 18:06 — No Comments
All three talks were about local volunteers taking on neighbourhood initiatives to develop green areas for the benefit and use of the community. A summary of these very interesting talks can be seen here:
Not a bad morning considering the leaves on the trees making bird spotting rather difficult. The full list as follows:
Great Spotted Woodpecker - one female showed well near the pond
Jay - two or three showing well
Coal Tit - one gave good views near the pond
Mistle Thrush - one near the toilets
Blue Tit - one or two
Great Tit - several calling and one singing
Robin - several songsters
Blackbird - two or three including a juvenile and…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on September 21, 2014 at 16:36 — No Comments
The UK has 59 species of resident butterflies (Avon Wildlife Trust, Spring 2014).
In the park we have recorded 6 species which are below. If you search the photos on the website for 'Butterfly' you can read more about them.…Continue
Added by Jo Corke on September 9, 2014 at 17:16 — No Comments
Currently staying in St Andrews and great to see the pond looking so much better than my last visit. Could not see any sign of the goldfish, so guess now there is more water they can conceal themselves over a larger area. I am really looking forward to seeing the changes in the the trees during the autumn months.
What a lovely day out at st Andrews and may i say the park looked great must thank the workers there and the pool was great.
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Added by Fo SAP on July 9, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments
Beautiful weather this morning but few surprises as regards the birds although there was plenty of song. List as follows:
Mistle Thrush - a pair were watched feeding, but there was no evidence they were feeding young
Robin - 1 seen
Blackbird - a few
Starling - 2 seen from the cafe area
Feral Pigeon - just 1 seen
Woodpigeon - a…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on May 18, 2014 at 17:13 — No Comments
My fun on the 20 April continued; after the Easter Egg Hunt, I come across a family trying to sort out a doggie’s blue soft toy problem. Unfortunately, when blue soft toy was thrown for doggie to chase and catch; the soft toy got caught high up in tree- Whoops a daisy. Family look up at it; what can they do? Dad has a go at trying to shake it out of tree, no luck. He finds a branch perhaps he can knock soft blue toy out of tree; no…Continue
Added by Elaine Hicks on April 22, 2014 at 17:46 — No Comments
After the lovely Bird Walk led by Des, my fun of taking photos continued as. During the bird walk around the park everyone had noticed little chocolate eggs on paths, by the hedge, up the sign posts, and on the park information board; very tempting but we were all very good and concentrated on the birds and not the eggs! After the walk came the Easter Egg hunters and the adults gave me permission to share these photos; (as did the…Continue
Added by Elaine Hicks on April 22, 2014 at 10:55 — No Comments
A lovely wander around the park looking at birds. Loved the chaffinch that had a fight with himself as he flapped again and again at a van mirror. I took pictures of a few birds, beautiful trees with leaves bursting out, and the decorated toilet and paths. Thank you Des. Sorry it looks like the van photos are showing more than the birds!
Well, with overcast skies and a chilly easterly it felt more like November than April but the birds obviously knew it was spring as we saw some signs of nesting. The list is as follows:
Mistle Thrush - 1 singing and another seen carrying food so there must be a nest nearby. We didn't find it but it'll be worth keeping an eye on.
Blackbird - several birds seen
Robin - 1 or 2 seen and…
Added by Des Bowring on April 20, 2014 at 19:43 — No Comments
Well, with overcast skies and a chilly easterly it felt more like November than April but the birds obviously knew it was spring as we saw some signs of nesting. The list is as follows: Mistle Thrush - 1 singing and another seen carrying food so there must be a nest nearby. We didn't find it but it'll be worth keeping an eye on. Blackbird - several birds seen Robin - 1 or 2 seen and heard Chaffinch - a female feeding on the ground near the Effingham Road entrance and a male 'fighting' with…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on April 20, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments
I was at the full council last Tuesday and read the Leopold Road statements in Public Forum with interest. The chamber (both chambers in fact) were packed out with 'Rent-A-Protest' - there were anti-Fracking groups, anti-Nuclear, anti-Chris Windows, anti-bedroom tax, you name it, they were there.
It was a shame no one from Leopold Road was there to read out their statements, There was some concern in the main chamber from the public gallery, that people wanting to speak had maybe been…Continue
Added by Stella Perrett on March 23, 2014 at 17:08 — No Comments
Another beautiful sunny day and spring was very much in the air. The following birds were noted:
House Sparrow - mainly seen near the pond
Robin - a few including one giving close views near the bowling green
Blackbird - several feeding on the grass and heard singing
Mistle Thrush - 3 including (presumably) 2 males contesting territory
Blue Tit - a couple…Continue
Added by Des Bowring on March 16, 2014 at 18:59 — No Comments