Call for Horfield Common Wildlife Survey Volunteers! New 5-year project!
Are you interested in Wildlife? Would you like to help Friends of Horfield Common document the range of wildlife that we share the common with? If you can spare 2-3 hours on 4 dates throughout the year (to be agreed & to coincide with changes in the seasons), we would love to hear from you!
As well as ad-hoc sightings of all sorts of wildlife - which we are encouraging all users of the common to join in with – we would also like to undertake 4 specific surveys at set points each year to try to build a reliable data set over a period of 5 years. To get involved - get in touch here and for more information - see Project 7 here
Friends of Horfield Common were joined by the Festival of Nature team to deliver this fantastic Wildlife event on Saturday 31st May 2014 from 1-4pm.
On Saturday 31st May 2014 from 1-4pm on Horfield Common, local residents and visitors from across the city came to enjoy a range of wildlife-themed family activities, celebrate the wonderful wildlife that we share this beautiful open space with, and learn more about the work that FOHC are doing to increase Wildlife and Biodiversity across the whole of Horfield Common.
We were very proud to partner with the citywide Festival of Nature to present this event, and hope that this will be the first of an annual event focussed on wildlife on the common. For more information about the event see here
Horfield Common Family Fun Day, 31st May 2014 - above pictures courtesy of Ruth Revell.
Horfield Common Wildlife and Biodiversity
FOHC's Wildlife and Biodiversity group have been working hard to develop a set of priorities and actions which will help to encourage wildlife to flourish on Horfield Common.
As a result of the way in which the common's maintenance regime has been managed over the last 20 years, with the grass - for example - cut down uniformly, and few hedgerows or plants providing food for birds, bees and other species, the range and volume of wildlife in the area is not as extensive as it could be & improving this is a top priority. There is also the opportunity to make much more of the water features across the common and to increase opportunities for local people to engage with these, through - for example - increasing accessibility to the fenced-in pond-area (backing onto the gardens of houses on Maple Road).
The group have been working on plans which include improving the health and sustainability of the pond & working with partner organisations including Avon Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency to develop an annual maintenance programme for this. Additionally, they have been considering the diversity of planting across the common could be increased (by including for example meadow planting, some areas of longer grasses and different cutting regimes) and working with Bristol City Council on plans to increase the number and range of trees and hedgerows, as well as to provide information about the wildlife that we do share the common with.
The group will be hosting the first Horfield Common Wildlife and Biodiversity public event on Saturday 31st May 2014 from 1-4pm as part of the city-wide Bristol Festival of Nature. More information will be available here soon. The event will include activities for all ages, from pond-dipping and bug-hunting through to the first Horfield Common Wildlife Survey! Please do come along and join in the fun!
Horfield Common Pond - new additions!
Following maintenance work in February to clear the pond of silt and remove debris that has built up over a number of years, the pond is now coming alive with frog spawn which we are excitedly watching develop by the day. It's wonderful to know that the pond is now in a healthy condition, and that we are working towards creating the optimum conditions possible for wildlife to thrive. More pics here soon!