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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.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.
Start the day with something different and invigorating! Join our bird walk on Saturday 30 April led by Stuart Banks, an active member of the RSPB and local resident. Nesting season has begun and there is plenty of birdlife to discover this month.
Meet at the crossroad of Dothill and the Green Chain walk from 11am -12 noon for ‘Bramble bashing’ and initiating the new hedge trimmer. Bring your own gloves, secateurs and loppers to help reclaim the circular path through the Nature Reserve.
We would like to thank Jon Crouch, Store Manager at Tesco’s in Erith for the donation of a cordless hedge trimmer. We will be using the trimmer to help cut back the brambles in the park, to help make the park more accessible.
FSP Members have always taken superb photos of their favourite seasons and views of the Park. While you can see those in the current 2016 calendar here, the following were included in 2014 and 2015 editions:
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.
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.
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!
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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.