Wildlife on the Slopes

A keen eyed resident has identified a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the Bommie. Sweet peas are growing in abundance on the Bommie and the good news is the more you pick the more they flower.

Sainfoin has appeared on Kingswear, with lovely pink spikes of flowers. Great for pollinators, bees feeding on Sainfoin apparently produce the highest yields of honey.

Free Storybook trail for Children – on the Slopes 17th to 21st August

South Bristol Children’s Centre have a number of trails, based on well known children’s books, for children and families to follow in South Bristol parks and green spaces during August……including the Slopes.

Every Monday a story pack with the story and activities to do, will be available to be downloaded. Further details from http://www.southbristolcc.org.uk; or http://www.facebook.com/SouthBristolChildrenCentreHub

Finding out how you have been using the Slopes during lockdown 2

This survey is from the West of England Combined Authority and University of West England researchers. They want to know more about how people are changing their use of parks and green spaces and things during lockdown. Further details and the survey can be found on www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/researchers-launch-public-survey-to-investigate-the-use-of-green-spaces/  Please complete the survey by 1st July.

Looking out for wildlife while on the Slopes – part 1

In April the NSI published a newsletter with a list of surveys from the Wildlife Trust and others you can do while on the Slopes – or in your home or garden. These are a few of the ideas:

The Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is a new national surveys. Anyone can take part if they have access to a small patch of flowering plants! Counts involve sitting and identifying the insect types that visit a small patch of flowers within a 10-minute period. You only need a basic level of insect ID. To input your data online, you will need to register on the iRecord website.

This is a national survey taking place in July and August in the UK. It involves spending 15 minutes in your green space or garden recording all observable butterflies.

This is a national survey of the mammals you may see in your garden.

This is a national survey of the wildflowers in gardens – especially lawns