Annual Housekeeping

Martin and Peter checking a box.

Each winter the bird boxes sited along Dot Hill path need to be checked and emptied in order to be ready for new occupants in the spring.  Martin and Peter from RBG Parks and Open Spaces met us early morning on December, set up the ladder and then opened each box in turn.

The blue tits have been busy again this year and we found nine boxes containing successful nests. Some were more cosy and substantial than others, maybe built by more experienced birds – we had fun speculating. The remaining three boxes were empty.

Bird nest
Blue or Great Tit’s nest from one of the bird boxes.

Results show that #7, #11 and #12 have been empty two years running and Martin suggested moving them if this occurs next season. The boxes are easily visible this time of year so have a wander and see if you can spot them.  They are numbered in order, 1 – 13, and you will notice that #4 is ‘in need of rennovation’ as it was damaged in 2014. Look out for the one with the extra front door…

FSP would like to thank Parks and Open Spaces for accommodating this visit in their packed work schedule.

2016 Calendar

Who’s in charge?  – Michelle Smith     That’s the caption for the cheery robin above who was the overall winner of our summer photographic competition, resulting in the 2016 FSP Calendar. Photos were taken by members, then displayed and voted on by all-comers at the Summer Festival 28 June 2015.  The other twelve most popular entries follow below.

Unfortunately the calendars sold out quickly, at £5 each, which did give the Park drinking fountain fund a healthy boost.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  Get out there NOW and start capturing all the seasonal wonders of the Park for entry into the 2016 competition!

With pictures by

  • Eugenia Brett
  • John Denton
  • Hilly
  • Anthony Hurren
  • Natasha Senkus
  • Ron Senkus
  • Kathy Smith
  • Michelle Smith
  • Iris White

Formed in 2006, the Friends of Shrewsbury Park encourage the use of Shrewsbury Park and support the development of facilities for recreation, education and amenities for local people and to encourage a sense of community around the park.