BS3 Wildlife news

Let the Mapping Begin

We’ve been talking for some months about gathering data on the wildlife contribution of larger spaces in BS3. These include parks, allotments, WHCF and the  three local nature reserves that are in or next to BS3. We have now begun to actually collect information about animals and plants and have contacted over 20 organisations asking for information. We are also asking if they have any plans to enhance their contribution to wildlife over the next few years. We’ve set a deadline of October 1, but surprisingly and pleasingly, we’ve had a couple of responses already. The information will be collated as it comes in and a report should be available before the end of the year.

One difficulty that we are finding is in defining some of our spaces. An example is South Street Park which abuts onto the Compass Point Playingfield and ACTA’s community gardens. One space or three? Dame Emily, Holy Cross and the gardens of Merrywood Road, where there are ponds, is another. Having consulted with a cell of marxist blackbirds, we are going for one space. Apparently, we are entangled in a bourgeois property contradiction and need to get over it.

Slow Worms, Hedgehogs and Newts

Nobody has come forward yet to be our Slow Worm Officer, but let’s collect some data first and worry about collating it later. I’m adding in hedgehogs and newts. But, perhaps there won’t be very much to collate, even so?

Please contact mywildbedminster@virginmedia.com if you know of colonies of any or all of these species in a BS3 park, allotment, domestic garden or any other green space. If you know of newts, it would be good to know which species is present: ie smooth, great crested or palmate newt.

Walk the High Ground

The Skyline Walk goes over the Northern Slopes and there will be a charity walk on 26 September. This is the message from Melanie……

“I am the Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research covering the whole of the South-West of England but am based in Bristol. Each year we have a national event called the Walk of Hope to raise funds and awareness of a very cruel disease. The route I have chosen is the Bristol South Skyline Route http://bssw.org.uk/ created in 2015 as part of Bristol’s Green Capital 2015 celebrations.

The link to register has just gone live https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge/event/2019/09/28/take-on-the-challenge/skyline-walk-of-hope—bristol

Melanie Tiley, Community Fundraising Manager (South-West).    Telephone: 07885 455970.

Painted Ladies?

A very large influx of Painted Lady butterflies was predicted, but I guess the poor weather did for that. I know that a few people have seen the odd one, but they’ve passed me by completely. If you have any pictures, don’t forget our facebook page.

Bat Detectors

There are certainly lots of bats about and I’m thinking of buying a bat detector. As I understand it, the detector takes the very high frequency sounds made by the bats and changes them to wavelengths that can be heard by human beings. The detector also indicates which species of bat is making the specific sound. There are about 19 species to chose from, but I don’t expect all of them will be found in BS3. But, how many species of bats live in Bemmy?

Google tells me that I can pay between £60 and £100 for a detector. Does anyone have experience with bat detectors and do you have any advice on value for money?

Please pass this newsletter on to other people and invite them to join the BS3 Wildlife Group and promote My Wild Bedminster. Membership is free and not restricted to people who live in BS3. Don’t forget about the BS3 Wildlife Group facebook: lots of lovely pictures. 

Contact email: MyWildBedminster@virginmedia.com