To our amazement, nearly 100 people gathered for last Friday’s Bat Walk – and the bats did too! Everyone enjoyed the walk, and even the baby buggies survived the off-road experience.
REMINDER: If you would like to borrow a bat detector to use for a week, please go to Bats page under Flora and Fauna . Details at the bottom of the page.
An FSP member and dog walker has taken up the role of Hedgehog Guardian after discovering there is a growing population of ‘hogs’ inhabiting Shrewsbury Park. This is her initial idea that we hope to support and put in place – with your help.
Michelle says: “This hot and arid weather is a real problem for them. They can’t dig for food because the ground’s too hard, and of course, water is in scarce supply. One of the key things I was thinking about was putting ‘water stations’ (i.e.pet water bowls) in strategic locations in the park. If we can get people on board with helping to keep them regularly topped up with fresh water, then this would be fantastic. I’m happy to do this when I go out with my dogs of a morning, but if we can maybe get some ‘hedgehog champions’ on board, then that’d be great.”
Those of you who came on the May Bat Walk will know firsthand that hedgehogs are about in the night – we met one who simply froze when spotted in torchlights until we crept back to the path and let it get on with foraging for dinner.
Keep your eyes open and report any sightings. There will be a Hedgehog Stall at the Summer Festival to learn more about their habits and how to get involved in their welfare.
Meet in the car park at twilight for an introduction from bat-wise FSP members who will lead this adventure through the Park using our eyes, ears and bat detectors!
- Walk is free to members, £2 others (but free to join on the day)
- Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours and torches are helpful
- Dogs must be kept on a lead
If you have mobility issues or enquiries please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you participate. The trail is a mix of paved path, gravel and grass.
If it rains neither the bats nor us will be coming out!
This photo combines two reasons to celebrate: Our new drinking fountain in use and a successful bird walk today (29 April).
Continue reading Refreshed after the bird walk
Meet at the Garland Road gate
Join our walk led by Stuart Banks, resident RSPB member, for an hour or two discovering what’s going on during the busy nesting season.
Continue reading Spring Bird Walk 29 April at 9am
The long-awaited day arrived on 29 March – work began on the installation of a new drinking fountain for the benefit of all Park users. Steve and Jack struggled with the geology of this hill, but four holes and a lot of sweat later they managed to successfully lay the pipework from the pavement at the Plum Lane entrance.
Continue reading Nearly there!!
Click on the link below to read our newsletter…
FSP Spring 2017 Newsletter
Below you’ll see the events planned, so far, and we hope they whet your appetite to get outdoors in the Park!
Continue reading 2017 EVENTS
Spring has sprung and so have loads of brambles around the Park! Meet on the Dothill path near the nature reserve entrance gate…
Continue reading Clean up Day – Sunday 5 March at 1pm
Thank you very much to everyone who turned out for bulb planting. The weather was kind and we managed to find homes for all 1000 crocuses and 1000 native daffodils. After scientifically considering the light, drainage, views – and if we could manage to get a trowel or spade into the ground – we planted in several areas which will be revealed this spring.
Continue reading Thank you, Team!