Watch the birdies!

FSP would like to thank Stuart Banks very much for an entertaining wander through the park on the morning of 30 April for nearly two hours.  The walk was well attended on a  beautiful, bright Saturday and once we got our eye in the birds appeared; everything from a long-tailed tit to a kestrel.  And of course there were the local parakeets in full song.

Green pair
Green pair

The bird population is very active right now so get out and have a listening walk through the park yourself.

New notice board

We are also grateful to a member of the Management Committee, Ron Senkus, for bringing the carpark notice board back to life.  And it will take decades for this one to go weak at the legs!

New notice board
New notice board

Please note, and tell others you may see, that this board and the other Park notice boards are only for Park events or other local environmental/leisure community events. Commercial advertising will be removed.

Thank you,

FSP Management committee

Enter now!

It’s time to get snapping for the FSP Photographic Competition, if you haven’t already. Get out in the Park and capture your images of the views, the trees, the creatures, the park users. We need them all for judging at the Summer  Festival on 11 June and the  winning results will feature in the FSP Calendar 2017.  The overall winner gets the cover position. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards our Drinking Water Fountain Fund.

Send your photo files – jpegs please, with minimum resolution of 2 megapixels – to fspdog@hotmail.com with the words ‘photo comp’ as the subject.  We will confirm receipt of photos and give information regarding display prints to be used for the Festival exhibition.

Friends of Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival 2015

Our annual summer festival in June 2015 helped us raise over £500 which will go towards the drinking water fountain (we are over half way towards raising the funds).

We would like to thank all the people who made our Summer Festival successful, the people providing our events, the stall holders, and all the Friends who supported us.

Continue reading Friends of Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival 2015

Annual Housekeeping

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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.

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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.

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.