Victoria Park wildlife update

Published on: 29 Jan 2016

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By Victoria Park Wildlife Group

Conservation work continues. Members of the VP Wildlife Group had no need to do a major clean-up leaf-rake this year; the council complied with mechanised blowers and a lorry to shift the piles. As long as the meadows are cut before the leaf-fall along the big avenue to Fraser Street, all works well.  

We did, however, rake the small tree-ringed hollow near Somerset Terrace, ready for whatever flowers wish to take over. Whereas we ignored the leaves under the big sycamore by the wall of St Mary Redcliffe school, townside; the daffs are coming up anyway.

This month we’ll be doing a bit more coppicing in the top woods, to let in more light.  Hopefully after a couple more years’ treatment we’ll see a growth of ground flora in there. In the meantime, keep an eye open for long-tailed tits and their lovely light song, and the imminent onset of patches of snowdrops and wild garlic in one of the woods. 

Our wildflower patches, the patches of bare soil on the meadows, are work in progress. And something exciting may be happening to the butterfly garden by the children’s playground, too – not just the spring re-opening of Mrs Brown’s coffee stall! 

Another thing under investigation is the possibility of a live-willow sculpture on one of the park’s wetter patches, possibly where the springs and occasional streamlets are in full flow at the moment. 

Contact VPAG website if you’d like to join our monthly work-mornings. 

• www.vpag.org.uk

Comments (1)

  1. Hilary Brock:
    Jul 16, 2016 at 03:37 PM

    When I lived in Torpoint Road, Bedminster between 1987-94, I knew Dave Dann who was a member of the group, and living at 16 Algiers Street. I first moved to Devon, until 2001, then went to Taunton to research the floods on the Somerset Levels. I moved up to Mangotsfield about a year ago.
    Several plants growing in this garden took time to identify, one Marsh Woundwort, I had to wait until it flowered last year before I could positively identify it. Rather hard to eradicate, as it spreads by rhizomes, and will regrow from scraps of root about 1 inch long.
    If you would like some plants to grow in your wildlife area, I could send some on to you, if you supply a forwarding address.
    Have been trying to locate some Eyebright plants, but, so far, without success. They could help cure hayfever, and other problems.
    The marsh woundwort is a plant attractive to bees.
    old address 2 Torpoint Road, appears to have been demolished for redevelopment.
    Best wishes

    Hilary Brock.






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