A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came along this morning and gave 100% clearing the steps in both Nightingale Valley and St Annes Woods. We couldn’t do it without your support!! A huge THANK YOU to local resident Judi for making some AMAZING coffee and home made cake for the end of the session (it really was the only thing that kept me going). And a giant THANK YOU to Tesco Brislington for their donation towards our refreshments (today we really did deserve it at the end!)…Oh and HO HO HO to Santa who came to pay us a visit at the start!!
Right then lovely FoBBers… TODAY is your last opportunity to help us out in 2019!!! The more people that give us a hand the more we can achieve. The leaves on the steps are really slippery and we want to make our beautiful woodland as accessible as possible over the winter months. If you can’t make it please share our event with anyone you think might like to join us. We have some equipment but if you have a spare rake etc please bring it along. See you 10am between Brooklea Health Centre and Wicklea School.
A huge THANK YOU to our local councillor Tony R Carey for nominating us for a 2019 Bristol Waste “Clean Streets Hero” award.
Guess what…. we won! So a BIG THANK YOU to Bristol Waste for recognising our hard work with keeping Nightingale Valley, St Annes Woods and Brislington Brook as litter free as we can!
We know we couldn’t have won it without all the support from our local (and not so local) very loyal volunteers. Through rain and shine you come along to give us a hand. So a BIG THANK YOU to you ALL!!!!
The Friends of Brislington Brook are excited to host another Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook as a pre Christmas treat for you all.
On Friday 22 November Paul Golledge and Dave Knowles have kindly agreed to bring their beautiful birds and guide us through the Woodland to locate our own wild owls.
However, places will be limited for everyone’s enjoyment.
Places are FREE but must be booked in advance. Once confirmed you will be emailed with details of the starting time and meeting point.
To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the number of people you wish to bring with you (including any children who attend) and your contact telephone number.
The event is for adults and children but please be aware there needs to be complete silence to hear any owl calls. Please wear warm clothes and shoes, and bring a torch.
This event is funded by the Friends of Brislington Brook. We will be asking for donations on the evening to be able to offer similar events in the future.
What an exciting evening the FOBB Steering Group have had… we have some exciting news to share…. the election results are as follows:
*Julian Thomas (Chair 2015-2019) stood down and has been replaced by Andy Coogan.
*Andy Coogan (Secretary 2016-2019) stood down and has been replaced by joint Secretaries Andrew Knight & Mary Churchill.
*Claire Dowling (Treasurer 2011-present) remains in post.
We are all very excited to see how much we can achieve in the coming year (September 2019 – September 2020). Watch this space or come along and join our steering group.
Prompt start at 7pm, at The Club, Wick Road just along from Wick Road library. Electing roles for the coming year. If you would like to be more involved in our future direction please do pop along and join us. We always welcome new members.
Fancy making a difference in your local community? Got no plans tomorrow morning? Please do pop along to St Annes Woods and give us a hand with our rescheduled bramble bash. We have lots of tools and just need the people to use them. Meeting 10am at the co-op entrance to St Annes Woods or 10:15 (ish) at St Annes Well. Please share with anyone you think might want to give us a hand. Thanks. FoBB.
Fingers crossed the Met Office is right but it looks like me might have a dry bramble bashing session?! And an even greater incentive to come and join us… a local resident has offered to bring us mugs of home made soup to keep us warm during the morning!!!!! If you have no plans please do come and join us. This is our last bramble session before nesting season. Let’s make it a productive one! See you at 10am Coop round-a-bout entrance to St Annes Woods or anytime after at St Annes Well. We aim to finish by midday.
Thank you to Neil Green, from Avon Invasion Species, for giving up his Wednesday evening and sharing his vast knowledge on the invasive species Himalayan Balsam [Impatiens Glandulifera]. Even those of us who thought we knew about the subject learnt lots of new and interesting facts.
If you have ever been in doubt as to whether to pull it up, or leave it to flower for the Bees, then Neil paints a very clear picture on the negative impact the Balsam can have on our native species, woodland areas and riverbeds.
Everyone present agreed that Balsam needs to be managed, and removed as much as possible, as the negative impacts far out way the only positive for the bees. The Friends of Brislington Brook will continue to arrange Himalayan Balsam pulling events in both Nightingale Valley and St Annes Woods, so if you would like to give us a hand please get in touch to find out when our next session is.
If you couldn’t attend our discussion with Neil, please check out the following links for more information:
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to David & Paul for another successful Woodland Owl Prowl. We loved their beautiful little owl and barn owl. We heard lots of wild owls calling and one group even saw one flying. If you have any pictures please do share them with us. And THANK YOU to everyone who donated so generously. We covered our costs for the evening and will be able to put on another owl prowl in the future (if people want another one next year?).