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Still clearing the pond

November 2nd.  We have done several sessions of pond clearing since we last posted in October.  We are definitely winning!

More good news - the work to complete the access to the back of the pond is likely to start again soon. Watch this…

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Added by Jo Corke on November 3, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Bird walk 19 October

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on October 19, 2014 at 17:06 — 2 Comments

Clearing the pond

October 15th and undeterred by the weather 4 of us joined forces to do some more clearing of the overgrown pond. Becky, Simon, Jo and Maureen, taking the photo.

If you look at it today you can see what we have done so far. We will be there…

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Added by Jo Corke on October 16, 2014 at 18:06 — No Comments

Three 'green' talks at the Bishopston Society AGM on Sept 29th 2014 may be of interest

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:

http://www.bishopstonsociety.org.uk/news/our-news/638-our-agm-a-summary-of-the-three-talks

Added by Simon Randolph on October 1, 2014 at 11:24 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 21 September 2014

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on September 21, 2014 at 16:36 — No Comments

Butterflies

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.…

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Added by Jo Corke on September 9, 2014 at 17:16 — No Comments

Wildlife Pond

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.

Added by Mrs Zenia Pudduck on August 28, 2014 at 8:21 — 1 Comment

7th Aug 2014 PICNIC IN THE PARK

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.

Added by Tony Bacon on August 7, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Newsletter number 3, Spring / Summer 2014

Here you will find the most recent Newsletter.…

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Added by Fo SAP on July 9, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Bird walk 18 May

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on May 18, 2014 at 17:13 — No Comments

Doggie Toy in Tree Story

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…

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Added by Elaine Hicks on April 22, 2014 at 17:46 — No Comments

Easter Egg Hunt

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…

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Added by Elaine Hicks on April 22, 2014 at 10:55 — No Comments

Bird Walk led by Des 20 April

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!

Added by Elaine Hicks on April 21, 2014 at 18:39 — 1 Comment

Bird walk 20 April

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on April 20, 2014 at 19:43 — No Comments

Bird walk 20 April

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on April 20, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments

Leopold Road statements at full council last Tuesday

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…

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Added by Stella Perrett on March 23, 2014 at 17:08 — No Comments

Bird walk 16 Mar 14

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…

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Added by Des Bowring on March 16, 2014 at 18:59 — No Comments

Thanks to members of FoSAP wildlife group

A big 'thank you' to Des and Simon for their kind offer to help a community group in the Cranbrook Road area. We are trying to protect the flora and fauna and the Cranbrook stream and its wildlife, from potential damage if the new owners of 'The New Church' and land put in a planning application. We are arranging for local experts to conduct a 'site brief'' which can inform any planning application.

"Protect Redland (and Bishopston) from Over-Developement" ("PROD" has only been in…

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Added by Stella Perrett on February 20, 2014 at 17:55 — No Comments

Bird walk 16 February

An absolutely beautiful morning and lots of bird activity. The full list:

Redwing - up to 10 birds

Mistle Thrush - at least 2 birds showed well

Jay - 1 or 2 birds gave good views

Long-tailed Tit - a couple

Great Tit - several singing

Blue Tit - more heard than seen

House Sparrow - some chirping near the bowling…

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Added by Des Bowring on February 16, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Green Capital Partnership

This is their website

http://bristolgreencapital.org/

This is their email

green.capital@bristolgreencapital.org

- FoSAP has joined the partnership by signing up to the Green Capital Partnership Pledge…

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Added by Fo SAP on February 15, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

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