EVENT: 26/01/18 Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook.

Happy New Year everyone… Due to popular demand the Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to be hosting a 2018 Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook on Friday 26 January 2018. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. First priority given to anyone who has come along to a FoBB work party or FoBB meeting, second priority given to those who live in the local area, then open to everyone else. If you have any questions please do drop us an email. 

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Updated: Insurance cover changes by Bristol City Council.

Dear Friends of Brislington Brook volunteers.

We are very sorry to inform you but with immediate effect all future volunteer work parties are cancelled. We have just been informed by Bristol City Council that they no longer insure any volunteers, which directly effects us and all other volunteer groups across Bristol. We are hoping this situation will be resolved very soon.

Jules (FoBB Chair)

UPDATE 10/10/17 From Bristol City Council to confirm the insurance arrangements that covers the activity of volunteers has not changed and remains very much in force.

“We apologise for the confusion caused by Friday’s miscommunication of the situation. I hope you can understand that this email was sent in good faith as a precautionary measure following a misunderstanding of the nuances of the insurance policy. The Council’s Principal Insurance Officer has confirmed there is no change to policy. Volunteers can continue to operate as they have done in line with the guidance provided by the Parks Team… Thank you all again for your patience in this matter and your continuing valued support of our parks and green spaces.”

Dates for the diary – FoBB Steering Group Meetings.

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this evening we confirmed the following steering group meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 04 October 2017
  • Wednesday 01 November 2017
  • Wednesday 06 December 2017
  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
  • Wednesday 07 February 2018
  • Wednesday 07 March 2018
  • Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Wednesday 02 May 2018
  • Wednesday 06 June 2018
  • Wednesday 04 July 2018
  • No meeting in August (break for Summer)
  • Wednesday 05 September 2018 A.G.M

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

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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.

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.


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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.