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  • hilly 7:39 pm on August 22, 2016
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    Bat Walks at Woodlands Farm and Shrewsbury Park 

    Brown Long Eared bat from Jenny Clark’s education team at Batfest 2015

    Brown long-eared bat at Bat Fest

    Next weekend, 27/28 August, is International Bat Weekend, which is marked by batty events across the world. Locally both Woodlands Farm and the Friends of Shrewsbury Park are holding bat walks in the coming weeks, and London’s Bat Fest is being held over the weekend at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney.

    There seem to be plenty of bats around this year. The NBMP field survey at Woodlands Farm in July detected quite a few pipistrelles and some noctules. Pipistrelles have also been detected at the Wide Horizons Constitution Rise woodland, Manor House Gardens, Hall Place and Hervey Road sports field. Even normally sterile Canning Town had more than its usual solitary pip in this year’s NBMP survey. However the waterways survey along the River Cray at Hall Place once again found no Daubenton’s bats.

    Woodlands Farm BatWalks 2016

    Woodlands Farm’s bat walks will be held on Wednesday 24th August and Thursday 1st September. Maureen from the farm wrote with details:

    Join us for our annual bat walks. Starting with a brief introduction to bats we will then go on a walk round the farm trying to see and hear bats using bat detectors. You will need sturdy footwear, suitable outdoor clothing and a torch. Children must be accompanied by an adult (not recommended for children under 6 years). £6 per adult, £4 per child (under 16 years). To book go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-woodlands-farm-trust-8448478250

    The Friends of Shrewsbury Park bat walk is on Friday 2nd September at 8.00pm. Kris sent me details:

    Meet in the car park for an introduction from bat-wise FSP members who will lead this adventure through the Park using our eyes, ears and bat detectors!
    The walk is free to members and £2 for non-members (but you can join on the night). Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather and paths. Children must be accompanied by an adult. And dogs must be kept on a lead.
    The walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours and a torch is useful.
    The car park may still be open but not at the end of the walk so remember to leave cars outside of the Park. If you have any mobility queries please contact us on fspdog@hotmail.com and we will help you participate.
    If it rains neither the bats nor us will be coming out!

    Let’s hope it stays dry for all the bat walks!

    Shrewsbury Park Bat walk poster 2016

  • hilly 10:55 am on June 8, 2016
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    Friends of Shrewsbury Park 10th Anniversary Festival 

    Friends of Shrewsbury Park Parksfest leaflet

    The Friends of Shrewsbury Park are holding a weekend of festivities to mark their tenth anniversary: they first met on 13th March 2006, and have been responsible for many improvements to the park since then. Kathy, the Chair of the management committee wrote with details:

    We are planning a weekend of events to celebrate our 10th birthday.  On Saturday 11 June we are holding our summer festival of jazz, choir and dance from 2 – 4pm.  On Sunday 12th June, we are holding our fabulous Dog Show from 1 – 4pm.

    Saturday 11 June 2-4pm – we have Bella Voce Social Club Choir, Greenwich Morris Men, Summer Jazz from Jazz Nights, Community Activity Stalls, Solar Scopes, Pony rides and more
    Sunday 12 June 1-4pm – our fabulous Dog Show featuring fun agility course, best rescue dog, Shrewsbury’s got talent, best child handler, Puppy class (under 12 months), best fancy dress, obedience class, fastest dog. You need to enter your dog at the Registration desk at 12.30. The £2 per class goes towards the fundraising for the drinking fountain.

    The park’s summer festivals are always very enjoyable, with lots of different activities from the Flamsteed Astronomy Society demonstrating how to safely view the sun through to the traditional dancing of the Greenwich Morris Men. And the dog show is always great fun. This year’s line-up looks the best yet.


    Solar telescopes at the 2015 Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival

    Solar telescopes at the 2015 Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival

    Agility competition at the 2013 Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival

    Agility competition at the 2013 Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival

  • hilly 3:56 pm on March 18, 2016
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    Shrewsbury Park Events in 2016 

    A Spring day in Shrewsbury Park

    A Spring day in Shrewsbury Park

    The Friends of Shrewsbury Park celebrate their tenth birthday this year and have arranged a packed programme of events to mark the anniversary, starting with a bramble clearing session this Saturday. Kathy, the Friends’ Chair, e-mailed the details:

    We are holding a cutting back bramble hour on Saturday 19th March, at 11am. If you are able to help, please meet at the crossroads of Dothill and the Green Chain walk (the bottom of the concrete path that leads down from the car park).  Please bring stout gloves and your secateurs and loppers, we would appreciate your help.  If it rains, the event will not take place.

    The 2016 events include bird, butterfly and bat walks, and a history walk, plus the ever entertaining dog show. The full programme is:

    March         19th:   Clearing brambles
    April            30th:  Bird identification walk
    May             21st:   Tree identification walk
    June            4th:    Clearing brambles
    June            11th:   Summer Festival
    June            12th:   Dog Show
    July             16th:   Butterfly identification walk
    July             22nd:  Historical walk
    September  2nd:   Bat walk
    September  3rd:    Clearing brambles
    October      18th:   AGM

    The Friends have also re-built their web site and are regularly adding new content, it can be found at http://fspark.org.uk/ They would welcome feedback on the site. I think it’s looking pretty good.

    A Spring day in Shrewsbury Park

    A Spring day in Shrewsbury Park

  • hilly 9:47 pm on September 24, 2015
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    Park Weekend 

    Eaglesfield Park Sunday 27th Sept 2015

    The weather for the weekend is forecast  to be “Fine and dry with settled conditions,” so a good weekend to get out into our local parks. Both Shrewsbury Park and Eaglesfield Park have community activities this weekend.

    On Saturday the Friends of Shrewsbury Park are having one of their regular tidy-up sessions. Kathy wrote with details:

    If you can spare an hour to help clean up the park by picking up rubbish and cutting back brambles, please meet this Saturday at 11am at the Garland Road entrance to Dothill.  Please bring your gardening gloves and secateurs.

    Then on Sunday the Friends of Eaglesfield Park have things going on all day. In the morning they have one of their clean-up sessions at the lilly pond, assisted from 11.00am by Youth Volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service), then after lunch another free Tai Chi session led by Tai Chi  teacher Chew-Yeen. Following the Tai Chi, Chew-Yeen has organised a “cake sharing” for a donation of £2 in support of MacMillan Cancer Nurses. We’ll need to bring our own flask of tea or coffee

    The details are all on the Friends’ blog, but the key times are:

    10.30 am  –                     Monthly pond and meadow tidy up and weeding.
    11.00 am – 3.30 pm      Youth volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service)  weeding and community survey.
    1.00 – 2.00 pm              Tai Chi session.

    Let’s hope the met office are right for once.

    Hawthorn berries in Eaglesfield Park

    Hawthorn berries in Eaglesfield Park

  • hilly 6:03 pm on September 7, 2015
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    Shrewsbury Park Bat Walk 

    Friends of Shrewsbury Park‘s bat walk poster

    September is the start of the breeding season for bats and also when they  start to build up their fat stores for the winter hibernation, so hopefully there will be plenty of them around for the Shrewsbury Park bat walk on Friday. Kathy from the Friends of Shrewsbury Park e-mailed the poster and details of the walk:

    Please find poster attached giving details of the Bat Walk on 11 September, starting at 7.45pm in the car park.
    It is free to you as you are a member of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park. You will see that we have decided to charge non-members for the walk. If non-members join the Friends, then the walk will be free to them. By charging non-members, we will increase the funding towards our drinking fountain. If they join, then we will increase our membership.
    We will have to spend a few minutes at the beginning of the walk checking membership.
    Just a reminder, if it is raining, the bats will not be out, nor will we.
    Fingers crossed for a dry evening.

    This is the last local bat walk for this year as far as I know. Lots of bats have been detected and sighted on all the others, let’s hope Friday maintains the record.

    Brown Long Eared bat from Jenny Clark's education team at Batfest 2015

    Brown Long Eared bat from Jenny Clark’s education team at Batfest 2015

    Serotine bat from Jenny Clark's education team at Batfest 2015

    Serotine bat from Jenny Clark’s education team at Batfest 2015

    • hilly 10:40 am on September 10, 2015

      Got an update from Kathy this morning:

      Just a reminder about the Bat Walk this Friday, at 7.45pm, starting at the car park. If you are coming, please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing, and bring a torch. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all dogs must be kept on a lead. You will have the opportunity of listening to the bats via our bat detectors.

      The walk is free to FSP members, but we will be charging non-members £2. If you know anyone who wants to come on the walk and who is not yet a member, please ask them to join by Friday noon and the walk will be free to them. They should email fspdog@hotmail.com

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