First winner of our My Wild Bedminster photo competition

May 26 2017

My Wild Bedminster and how to get involved


Reader Sandra Lee saw this nest of wriggling caterpillars in St John's Lane, Bedminster. She thought they would grow into moths; and the wonderful online community at iSpot identified them as caterpillars of the Lackey moth. It’s common in the UK, found in woodland,  hedgerows and road verges. Sandra wins our £10 monthly prize – congratulations!

Fox by Olly Glover

Runner up was this fox snapped at night on Windmill hill by Olly Glover

Toad Claire Smith

Also commended was this toad seen by Claire Smith in Stackpool Road, Bedminster

Welcome to all nature lovers of South Bristol. You are invited to join 2017’s biggest, easiest and most fun community wildlife project for all residents, schools, community groups and visitors here in BS3.

If you live, work in, or visit the BS3 postcode areas of South Bristol, we are inviting you to go on a wild adventure in your local green space, send us your records –  and have fun taking part in our wildlife art and photography challenge.

We are interested in all wildlife sightings in Bedminster, Ashton, Southville, Windmill Hill and elsewhere in BS3.

Our aim is to find, identify and celebrate local wildlife, and, while out on our urban safari, look closely at our local patch, and think about how we can improve habitat to welcome and support better biodiversity. We are visiting schools to give advice. More fun ideas and links for getting involved are given below.


• iSPOT: Take photos of any species found in BS3 and share them on our free My Wild Bedminster iSpot page use the website or phone app, where experts will help you identify anything.  Simply upload your photos with a date, your name and the location of the sighting (i.e. which green space or road name). Do not worry if you are not sure of the identification - we will help with that. You will be able to see everyone else’s sightings too, and compare wild discoveries from other neighbourhoods with your own. You can also comment on here or have a go at identifying any of the species photographed, if you wish.



FACEBOOK: post your sightings on the South Bristol Voice Facebook page: 


SEND RECORDS: If you prefer to just send a list of wildlife records, without photos, please email the records (including who, what, where and when it was seen) to:


CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION: All children (under 16s) are invited to submit their artwork of wildlife they have found in BS3 to us at the address below. Perhaps something you’ve seen in your garden, park, alley, school, allotment or church yard for example. Tell us where you found the plant or animal and include any interesting information about your chosen species too, if you wish. Children’s wildlife TV presenter Andy Day will be helping to judge the winners. There are prizes and a chance to have your work shown at a public exhibition later this year.

• PHOTOGRAPHY: Our monthly wildlife photography competition is open to all ages – not including professional photographers – inviting you to share your wildlife photos. They have to be taken in BS3, and they must have been taken this year.

There’s a £10 prize for the best entry every month. Both competitions end on September 15, 2017.

• HOW TO ENTER: Just send your artwork or photographs of the wildlife you spot on your wild adventures anywhere in BS3 to: or post them to: South Bristol Voice, 18 Lilymead Avenue, Bristol BS4 2BX.


As highlighted by Sir David Attenborough and the authors of the State of Nature Report 2016, urban wildlife populations have suffered serious declines. 

Bedminster appears to be particularly poor for wildlife, yet we can choose to change this.