News archive: July 2001

Narroways Millennium Green Trust Meetingsare held once a month in the St Werburghs area -The next meeting is at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 13th August 2001 at The Miners Arms on Mina Rd., St Werburghs. All are welcome.

Wildlife Observations

The butterfly season is well and truly here after the hot spell. In late June & July there were many (lost count at 50!) Marbled Whites and Meadow Brown butterflies on Narroways and the Church Field. We also have seen Ringlet butterflies, Small Copper, Gatekeepers, Commas, Large Skipper and Speckled Wood. Des also identified Cinnabar Moths (There was a Ragwort plant swarming in Cinnabar Moth caterpillers on the Lynmouth Road allotments.), 6 Spot Burnett Moth and Emperor Dragonfly Anax Imperator.

Bats have also been regularly active. Up to half a dozen probable Pipistrelles emerge by 10.00 p.m. over the Church Field and back gardens of St Werburghs Park and swoop and turn in the chase for small insects for at least an hour or so. Frogs are sighted fairly regularly – in the Community Gardens and on allotments and back gardens.

Chiff chaffs and Whitethroat have been heard on Narroways for much of the summer and a Green Woodpecker was noted too. (A Green Wodpecker has been often seen on an old Chestnut tree in the back garden of a house on Narroways Road.) Swifts, up to a dozen or so are screaming and soaring over the hill and House Martins appear now and again.

Site Improvements.The first stage is mainly finished – just some fencing repairs to be done by Dan and his dad by the Church Field on 21st July. We are now looking to installing 4 attractive but heavy duty signs for the area.

Here is a preview of the proposed new marker signs to be put in at the entrances to Narroways. They are 3ft cast-iron mounted on wooden posts and hopefully will last to have historical value.

Forthcoming ActivitiesThere is a Bat Watch led by bat expert Bob Howard on Friday 27th July. Meet outside the climbing centre at 9.00 p.m. (should finish by 10.45 – last orders in the Miners?)

Frome Valley Walk will be on Sunday 5th August from Narroways to Royate Hill. Bring a picnic. It is organised by the Forest of Avon and the theme is the wild green spaces of the inner city. We meet at the City Farm Community Gardens at 10.30 a.m.

Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG) are starting to develop their site next to Narroways. See website for latest developments.

Narroways Hill is used occasionally by other groups but the trustees should be contacted (via St Werburghs City Farm or our email address) for any Organised Group Activities(beyond the usual dog walking, blackberrying, picnicing, sledging, didgeridoo playing sort of stuff) The main reason is to preserve the wild environment and protect the wildlife there.

The next Volunteer Work Day for Narroways will be at 10.30 on Saturday 21st July when volunteers will be clearing brambles from beside the Stoney Path and putting in a bramble barrier to stop little delinquents climbing up to throw stuff on passing cars and road users. The little beggars!

The June edition of (BBC Wildlife Magazine) had an article on Millennium Greens and gives a mention to Narroways.(and our website!)

Our first AGM will be held in the Autumn on 25th September at the City Farm Cafe – If you live in Bristol please try to come along. (In fact if you live anywhere come along)

The Narroways Website carries Records of Animal Speciesobserved in the area. Please contact us if you see anything interesting in or around Narroways. Please mention which date you saw this and any details you can give including just where you saw it.

Continued thanks to Sweet, Hemmings, The Millennium Commission and The Countryside Agency for funding for site improvements.

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