EVENT: 22/09/17 Evening Bat Walk with David Brown.

Bat Walk Poster 2017 picture

Did you know that there are 18 species of bat in the UK?

The Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to announce we will be hosting a FREE evening bat walk through Nightingale Valley / St Annes Woods on the 22 September 2017.

Come and find out more about these remarkable little creatures on a guided walk with Avon Bat Group expert David Brown. 

This is a FREE community event, funded using our 4th place Airbus Community Award money, but we always welcome any donations to be able to run similar future events.

Places are limited, and need to be booked in advance by emailing info.fobb@gmail.com

There is no minimum or maximum age limit for this event, but please consider ability limits before booking a place. The walk will be at dusk with minimal light on moderately rough ground. Please ensure you are a competent walker, not afraid of the dark and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please do not bring any pets or pushchairs (which may cause hazards in the dark). Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you want to bring young children we would encourage you to use a backpack or sling to carry them along the walk. If you have any questions please do ask.  

The start time and meeting point will then be confirmed via email before the 22nd September. Priority given to those who have volunteered for FoBB, attended or supported FoBB meetings, or collected Evening Post Airbus Community Award tokens for us. 

If you have a place confirmed and fail to attend on the night, without letting us know, you may not be offered a place in the future.


Pictures from 2017 St Anne’s Day Celebrations.

The Friends of Brislington Brook celebrated St Anne’s Day on the 15 July 2017 with a FREE medieval woodland pageant and community picnic at St Annes Holy Well. 

For a selection of pictures which highlight the event please click on the following link…..

2017 St Annes Day Pictures

Event: 15/07/2017 – St Anne’s Day Pageant & Community Picnic.

SAVE THE DATE – Not long now until the Friends of Brislington Brook St Anne’s Day Pageant through Nightingale Valley and St Annes Wood to St Annes Well. Please can everyone share our poster and make this years event a huge success. Oh and if your coming along we encourage medieval dressing up (more fun the more people that do – and we don’t just mean kids!) See you there.


2017 Pageant Poster Final Edit

EVENT: 30/05/17 – Wild Food Forage in Nightingale Valley.

steve england picThe Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to announced their latest event, a wild food forage in Nightingale Valley with Steve England, Conservation Educator, Horticulturist and Historian.

This event has been limited to just 15 FREE places, so is being offered to FoBB volunteers only on a first come basis. If you have volunteered at any of our work parties or supported any of our meetings, and would like to be considered for a place please email info.fobb@gmail.com 

Forage Food PicThe event will run on the Tuesday evening, 30 May 2017 – start venue and time to be confirmed on booking. Please ensure you include a contact number with your email request.

If this is something the wider local community would like to attend in the future then please let us know and we will look at running another session in the future. 

All our events are FREE but we always welcome donations towards running costs or running future FREE events. 

For more information on Steve England, please visit Steve England Website

EVENT: 22 April 2017 – Brislington Brook Walk to the Source.


<<< NEW ROUTE !! … via Maes Knoll Tump >>>
The annual 8 mile circular walk following both tributaries of the Brislington Brook through the urban jungle, to the Dundry slopes and back … expect some beautiful and not so beautiful surprises! … Meet at Tesco car park on Callington Rd Brislington. … There should be plenty of parking on nearby Water Lane. … Bring sandwiches and water, and wear good walking boots…  This is a challenging, but very rewarding, walk – are you up for the challenge? … Please let us know if you would like to join us.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of this walk is on public pavements and footpaths. Near the source the walk is off of public footpaths with muddy gateways and fencing to negotiate. Last year our route was made harder by new fencing, so this year we have created a new route with fewer obstacles. We have had to seek special permission to walk parts of this route from the landowners. We will explain where these sections are when we arrive at them. We will still find the first source of Brislington Brook, but then head south and further up Dundry Hill. This means we have the added bonus of visiting the Iron Age hill fort of Maes Knoll on our journey! It also means we will get to see both sides of Dundry, with stunning views south to the Mendips, on top of the views north to Bristol and beyond! ** People undertake the walk at their own risk, and are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing to suit the weather and ground conditions **

EVENT: 28 April 2017 – Evening Bird Walk with Richard Bland.

20170406_153157The Friends of Brislington Brook are excited to announce that Richard Bland has agreed to guide an evening bird walk through St Anne’s Woods on Friday 28 April 2017. Richard is unquestionably one of our leading local naturalists and has watched, studied and mapped local birds over many decades. He knows St Anne’s Woods and Nightingale Valley very well and in this stroll, lasting under a couple of hours and on mostly level paths, we should see and hear many of the species that live in the woods and along the brook. 

Unfortunately, as per our previous events this year, we have to limit the number of people who attend. If you would like to book a place please send us an email, including the number of places you would like. We will then confirm if you have been successful and, closer to the event, confirm the starting time and location. 

As per all our events, this is FREE for anyone that has been successful in booking a place but donations are very welcome, which will be split between the Friends of Brislington Brook and Richard’s chosen Friends Group.

Don’t delay in sending your email as we expect places to fill up very quickly…. info.fobb@gmail.com

Bristol Post Airbus Community Awards 2017… the winners are announced….

Well the wait is over…. the 1.5million+ tokens have been counted by the Bristol Post and the top 10 winning entrants have today attended a presentation at Airbus to confirm the winners and the runners up. During the presentation we were told 84 groups had applied to be part of the 2017 Awards but only 10 would take home a share of the £10,000 donated by Airbus. The winners were announced in ascending order and the Friends of Brislington Brook were awarded the fourth prize of £500. 

This money means a huge amount to our little group but we wouldn’t have received anything without YOUR help! We keep saying it but we have been overwhelmed by the level of support given by the local community with collecting Bristol Post tokens, and being told it’s in recognition for our hard work and commitment working in the local area. To make it into the top 10 and receive the sum of £500 is all thanks to YOU!

In the coming days / weeks we will be asking for your feedback on how you think the money should be spent within the group (we have some suggestions, so watch this space for further details). But for tonight, please celebrate with us in hearing this fantastic news and share it with anyone you know who helped us to achieve this result. 

From everyone on the steering group – Friends of Brislington Brook.

Bristol Post Airbus Community Award… Drum Roll Please…..

At the end of February 2017 the Friends of Brislington Brook put out a request for help to collect Bristol Post tokens to try and win a share of £10,000 Airbus Community Awards. The first prize is worth £3,500, second £2,000, third £1,000 and seven runners up of £500. With the help of the internet and social media we spread the message far and wide, hoping that people would see the value of our work and donate any tokens received in the papers. 

The competition closed on Monday 20 March 2017, and we have been completely overwhelmed by the level of support from the local community, collecting and donating Airbus tokens. If ever we have wondered if our work in Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Woods is appreciated by the people of South Bristol, this competition has definitely shown us that it is.

The local people of BS4, and surrounding areas of BS3 and BS5, have donated their tokens in their thousands… now this is the bit you have all been waiting for…..

The final numbers are in….. we have to submit the tokens in booklets of 500 tokens and have have printed, and glued a total of 121 booklets….. with a phenomenal grand total of…….

60,595 tokens. 

We couldn’t have done it without you all getting behind us, and this competition, with every one of you wanting us to come away with some of the prize money. We many not hear the results for a while but as soon as we do you will be the first to know.

Whether we win or lose this has been a fantastic experience for FoBB and we have met some wonderful local people, while out collecting tokens, whom we may never have spoken with had it not been for this competition. 

Whatever the final result the Friends of Brislington Brook thank you all for your amazing support and hope this has raised the profile of our group and you might consider coming along and joining us on a future work party, hosted event, steering group meeting or one of our social gatherings? 

Thanks again.

Mary & the Friends of Brislington Brook team.


WANTED: Storyteller for medieval woodland pageant (15/07/17) **UPDATE: Found**

To all our lovely friends and supporters… the Friend of Brislington Brook need your help. For the past few years Discover Brislington Brook, and more recently the Friends of Brislington Brook, have organised an annual St Anne’s Day Pageant through Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Woods. Each year we have been lead by a different, magical and exciting storyteller. This individual is key to bringing something new and unique to each event, stimulating our imaginations and taking us back to a medieval time of wonder in the woodland. If you know anyone that meets this criteria please can you get in touch or forward them our details? We do have a small budget and appreciate someone of this calibre does not come for free! Please can you share our request far and wide and hopefully this year’s event (15/07/2017) will be as good (or even better) than previous years! Thanks. Mary (FoBB)