NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population

Sponsors Needed for Window Wanderland

The third Window Wanderland for Southville and Bedminster will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24 and 25 2018 (6-9pm).    As well as the many decorated windows, the WW Group is hoping to publish a map as last year to help with the Wandery bit.    However, this is likely to cost around £250 which the group currently does not have.    We are therefore looking for organisations that will sponsor the event, either to the full amount or perhaps with two or three organisations sharing the cost.    If your organisation would like to support this excellent local event, please contact the WW Group via

Other South Bristol neighbourhoods will also be doing Window Wanderland.    Arnos Vale’s event will be at the same time as Southville/Bedminster and we understand that events are being planned in Windmill Hill, Bemmie/Malago Vale and Ashton Vale.    We’ll bring you dates when we have them.   But, also google Window Wanderland and see that it is now an international bit of fun.   Not bad for something that started in Bishopston in 2015.

Apart from decorating the windows themselves, there’s a little bit of organising behind the scenes.   Contact GBCP NEWSLETTER if you think you might like to help.

Keeping It Tidy or Back to the Silos?

We know that Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) are now dead and are being replaced by ‘new’ structures more rooted in local communities.   Some, but probably not all, will adopt the existing NP boundaries.   There will also be gaps, at least, for a year or two.   It’s important therefore to acknowledge, and try to keep, one of the important benefits that arose from the ten years of NPs.   This was in the structure of BCC and in police organisation.

Ten years ago, many council department were internally ‘decentralised’ in that they had teams in particular parts of the city.   So, department A might be broken into 5 teams, each focusing, and therefore well informed, on a fifth of the city; department B might have eight local teams and so on.    A major problem was that the pattern of any one department was usually based on a different geographical assumption from all of the others.

This posed two major problems.   Firstly, it added to the difficulties of BCC teams working together (already difficult enough) and secondly, it made it difficult for people in the community to relate to BCC teams since you had to understand a complex pattern and who to contact in each case.

Following the establishment of the 14 NPs, BCC and the Police gradually altered their structures to come in line with NPs and therefore with each other.   Sometimes this meant 14 units, but more usually it would be groupings around, say, two or three NPs.   When NPs started, it was proposed that the Fire & Rescue Service and some bits of the NHS should also begin to mirror NPs, but I don’t think that got very far.

Under a less centralised neighbourhood structure and under pressure from ‘austerity’, there is a danger that this more supportive geography will begin to break down.     Hopefully, BCC, the Police and community organisations will be vigilant enough to discourage this.

Bristol’s population

BCC has recently published a report on the city’s population, its composition by age, ethnicity, gender etc, their geographical distribution and projections for the future.   For example, figures for the three ‘Bedminster’ wards include age profiles, thus…. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population”

Special AGM NEWSLETTER (57:17)  – 7pm 2nd November at Acta, Gladstone Street

The AGM on 2nd November at acta, Gladstone Street, Bristol, BS3 3AY will start at 7pm.

The agenda is:

  • Welcome and apologies
  • New Constitution (attached)
  • Current Board stand down
  • Executive Committee elected (nomination forms attached, as are statements from individuals already nominated).
  • Formal meeting closes, time for informal networking

Please find attached the nominations for the Executive Committee and the constitution. We are expecting more nominations. However, if you know anyone who belongs to a partner organisation and is interested in standing, please pass on the nomination form.

Best wishes

Ellie Freeman (Secretary)

A Bit of History

As far as we know, the new ‘Forum for the Greater Bedminster Community’ will be the third incarnation of strong networking within BS3.     Recent research traces formal networking back to 1996 with the formation of the ‘Greater Bedminster Community Forum’.     Around 2007, this morphed into the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership as BCC began to set up its Neighbourhood Partnerships.   Now that BCC has withdrawn, we move on into a third phase.    Whatever you call it, the important thing is to continue sharing ideas and information and collaborating across all sorts of organisations so as to make Greater Bedminster an even better place for people of all ages.

Documents associated with the first two phases of the Bedminster network were lodged as historic documents with the Bristol Records Office in the summer.    Hopefully, the future history of the new Forum will also be transferred in due course to the Records Office.   A letter outlining the papers transferred is attached.

And remember ‘history is made by the people who turn up’.

What Shall We call the GBCP NEWSLETTER after 2 November?



NEWSLETTER (56:17) – Dance, patchwork, sausage & cider, FrANC and Bristol Girls Can!

Novel Writers: Samanta Schweblin Fever Dream – tickets still available!

Thursday 19 October, 6.30–8pm at Spike Island. Argentinian author Samanta Schweblin is coming to Spike Island to introduce and read from her debut novel, Fever Dream. Fever Dream is shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and so it is an exciting opportunity to hear her talk in Bristol.  This is part of a regular series of novelist talks at Spike Island organised in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.  Tickets here:

My Wild Bedminster

Many thanks to those who have already sent in their 2017 wildlife reports for BS3.   Please keep them coming to   We’ll probably start the analysis of data early in November and hope to publish and circulate some reports early in 2018.    And, of course, then we start all over again.

Lots of you will have reference books on particular groups like birds or butterflies, but then some spider or moth pops up, looks interesting, but is quite unidentifiable.    For these cases, you might go to the Field Studies Council.    They publish simple guides to lots of groups for between £3 and £4 each.    There’s a long list of these under publications at     Why not add slugs or shield bugs to your list in 2018?

Rise Youth Dance

There’s a new dance group coming to South Bristol – see the attached poster.

Patchwork Update

The Patchwork community gardening group has a session this Saturday from 10 until 12 on the beds they look after in the Stackpool Road homezone. Please join them for some weeding if you can (outside Southville Primary). Patchwork’s recent apple pressing day was a great success. There are some photos on their blog

Sausage and Cider Festival

The Southbank Club has an event on Saturday 21st October. From 12 until 6 there will be cider tasting, music and delicious sausages. There is also going to be a cider making workshop. From 8 until midnight there will be a ceilidh. Tickets for all parts of the event are available here


Friends of the Avon New Cut are having their AGM on Sunday 5th November at The Education & Meeting Room at The Underfall Yard from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you feel that you could offer your services on the Committee, but would like to hear more about what that might entail, then please email Derek to find out more. They are definitely in need of a bit more help and there could be a role that would suit your skills – whether or not you wish to be a Committee Member.  It may be that you feel able to help with some of the admin tasks, prepare periodic newsletters, or could organise a walk/talk, or keep the website up to date.

After the AGM, which they intend to last no longer than one hour, you are invited to join them on a guided tour of The Underfall Yard.  This will include access to some areas that are not open to the public on a daily basis.  A donation of £2 towards FrANC funds will be appreciated if you intend to join them on this tour, but there will be no charge for attending the AGM!

It would be helpful if you could contact them to confirm your attendance – to ensure they bake enough cake, etc –

Living Streets

Living Streets are working in partnership with the Council and are promoting walking. Here’s information about the organisation and Laura is the local contact person if you want to find out more

Bristol Girls Can!

See their website for an event on Saturday for women of all ages at St Pauls Community Sports Academy. Book places .

NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week

Projects with Learning Partnership West (LPW)

Attached is an overview of planned delivery in South Bristol for the rest of this year. It is worth keeping an eye on Rife ( and Go Places to Play for any new projects or changes to session times.
For further information on any of these groups please contact David Cousins via 0117 907 4417 / 07776465132,,

Halloween Forest Crafts

Moving forwards Incredible Edible Bristol will be running some forest school meets food growing and wildlife events, facilitated by trained specialists in outdoor education. The aim is to introduce the young people to the joys of being outdoors, to learn new skills around  growing, cooking and caring for wildlife and to have a great time whilst doing so.🕸️

The first session, to be held in the Quakers Burial Ground on 25th October, will be loosely based around Halloween and the preparation of outdoor space for wildlife over winter. The link to purchase tickets is

Join in the Dame Emily Park Project Rubbish Campaign 🎨

There are some lovely drawings 🖼 on display in Dame Emily Park relating to the rubbish campaign “Take it in – Take it out”. Children from Holy Cross School are going to join in and so can you by creating one or more drawings and sending it to  They will be laminated and displayed to make park users aware of the importance to look after the environment.

“The River Malago and its Culverts in Old Bedminster” Walk

The next FrANC event this year will be a walk held on Sunday 22nd October.  The walk will start at 2:00pm and the meeting point is the entrance to the Windmill Hill Community Orchard (St. John’s Burial Ground) that is located opposite the junction between Francis Road and St. John’s Lane, immediately south of the railway bridge where Sheene Road becomes St. John’s Lane.  The walk will finish at the Spike Island Café on Cumberland Road at around 4:00pm where refreshments can be purchased if required.  Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week”

Special NEWSLETTER on My Wild Bedminster (54:17)

From Matt Collis of Avon Wildlife Trust

October is the month of misty mornings and warm afternoons as we all enjoy the last of the suns summer rays.   It also sees the last of the summer flowering plants give us their final blooms and final nectar for the year.   Don’t be surprised to see them over-flowing with insects gasping for one last sugar-sweet drink!


Birds Continue reading “Special NEWSLETTER on My Wild Bedminster (54:17)”

NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk

Dame Emily Park Project / Garden Work Party 

A garden work party will take place on Sunday the 15th October from 2-4pm 🌸🌾  Join this friendly group and help to improve the Dame Emily Park community garden. Working alongside Incredible Edible Bristol DEPP are trying to create a garden that is attractive and useful for the community. No experience required, all welcome. Located near the Morley Road exit.

South Bristol On The Map

Voscur are holding an event at Filwood Community Centre for ‘no nonsense learning on the essential areas of running a community group or organisation’. This is an amazing opportunity that should not be missed, a great way to meet people and learn new skills! It’s on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00, at Filwood Community Centre. Details here

Southville Community Development Association

Please vote for us!  We are thrilled to have been shortlisted by M&S for an award of £12,000 from their Energy Fund, and we are in with a good chance of winning – we are currently in third place! We really need your vote to help us secure this much needed boost of funds to add the 36 photovoltaic solar panels to the southwest facing roof of the Chessel Centre. As you will know from our regular newsletters we have designed the building in the most efficient way possible and we really want to keep the building’s carbon output low going forward. So please give one minute of your time to vote for us by clicking the button below. (The link will also show you some info about our crowdfunding campaign to raise a bit more money for the other things we need to put the solar panels up –like scaffolding etc. So just a vote for the M&S money would be wonderful but a pledge as well would be even better. Thank you.)

SCDA Community Events

Stall spaces now on sale for this year’s Festive Market at the Southville Centre which will be held on Saturday 9th of December, 11am-4pm. The space comes with a 6ft trestle table and the cost is £30+VAT. To book a space call reception on 0117 9231039 to pay by card or come into the Southville Centre to pay by card, cheque or cash.

New exhibition by Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik opening at Spike Island

30 September to 17 December 2017 (free entry). Opening night: Friday 29 September, 6–9pm. The first solo exhibition in Europe by artist Kim Yong-Ik whose career spans 40 years through a turbulent period of dictatorship and struggle for democracy in South Korea.

Affordable co-working space at Spike Island for creative businesses

Spike Island’s co-working space ‘Spike Design’ is open for applications from designers (graphic, product, digital and interactive), architects, journalists, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers and more. Spike Island is a registered charity.  Find out more and apply:

Coming up at The SouthBank Club…

The Recession Fashion Show. Friday 6th October, doors open at 8pm with an 8.30pm start.  Tickets £11!  Limited VIP tickets include canapés/fizzy/goody bags and reserved seats.

For all SouthBank Club events see their webpage:

Innovations in Walking

We recently reported that Jess Read, temporarily seconded to BCC’s transport team with the support of Bristol University, is looking at ways in which Bristol can be made more walkable.   Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk”

NEWSLETTER (52:17) – GBCP Mark 2 (or is it 3?) launch on 2nd Nov

It’s taken some time, but we’re ready to move forward at last….

Over the past few months – and it’s seemed much longer – the GBCP Board has been working through the options for the Partnership’s future without formal ties to – or much direct funding from – Bristol City Council.

A Forum and Voice for Greater Bedminster (That’s Ashton, Bower Ashton, Ashton Vale, Bedminster and Southville)

We’ve consulted our partners and others, and it’s clear that the unique role GBCP plays must continue – now more than ever in a time when the future of our libraries, parks and other Council-provided services is being debated and decided upon.    We’ve got 10 years experience of working with neighbourhood groups, local businesses, community police teams, schools, churches – and the City Council – to tackle issues and deliver improvements for all of us.    We provide the only public forum which actively involves all 4 local ward Councillors in all discussions and decision-making – and everybody living or working in Greater Bedminster is welcome to contribute ideas, suggestions and as much time as they wish.  This forum is vital to the discussions around how the funds paid by developers for local improvements will be spent. Until now, the GBCP has managed the local decision-making process, but who knows what the future might bring?

People power really does deliver

We’ve always involved local people and organisations every step of the way:  in big decisions such as how to spend £120K+ of funding on a local park and £100K to set up the Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) –  and in smaller ones such as grants to the South Bristol Toy Library and the Winter Lantern Parade, or a noticeboard for a street group.   During 2016 we won £40K of Green Capital funding which we distributed to local community groups wanting to improve their walkways and green spaces.  We’re currently working with Bristol Waste and the City Council on a range of initiatives to combat fly-tipping and litter on our streets, and we’re actively involved alongside the BID in all planning for our retail streets.  The list is long and it goes on…

Forum for Greater Bedminster Community (FGBC)

This is the proposed name of the new body which will be confirmed at the AGM, along with the priorities, and a new constitution. Here are the draft versions:  GBCP Priorities 2017_v2   FGBC Simple Constitution v3-0

We’ll be recruiting for special interest sub-groups: 

  • Parks/Leisure/Libraries;
  • Environment (to include streetscene, getting around, waste management, traffic and air quality);
  • Membership/inclusivity/participation; Communication and information-sharing;
  • Planning.

You don’t have to be a Board member to participate in these:  they’ll be open to everyone living or working in the GBCP neighbourhood.

Learn more and meet us at our AGM on Thursday 2 November, 7 pm at the acta Centre, Gladstone Street.   We’ll get the formal business over quickly, and make sure there’s time for discussion and networking.

If you’re part of an organisation which has partnered GBCP until now, please confirm that you wish to continue to work with us:   If your group wishes to nominate someone to sit on the new Board, use this form and role description FGBC Nomination Form & Candidate Statement & Role Descriptions V3-0.

Get involved in improving the quality of life for everyone living and working in the Greater Bedminster area!!   If you want more information, please tell us at

And, what about the rest of Bristol?

Everyone seems to be playing their cards close to their chest.    We know that a few areas are at about the same stage as we are in Greater Bedminster.   That is, they are adapting themselves to the new circumstances and intending to re-launch before the end of the year.    But, they are keeping quiet until all their ducks are in a row.    Other areas will probably flicker into life during 2018.     Some areas don’t seem to have any cards or ducks at all, but it will be some months before these neighbourhood gaps can be confidently identified.   Hopefully, there will not be too many of them.










NEWSLETTER (51:17) – on Community Navigators 

Social Isolation and Loneliness of Older People

Over the last few years, many groups in BS3 have looked at the issue of social isolation and loneliness of older people.   Why do some people over 50 (an estimated 11,000 in Bristol) become socially isolated?   How do you return someone to the community when they have become depressed, withdrawn and have lost confidence?   What measures do you need to take to make it less likely that people will become isolated in the first place?

A new project ‘Community Navigators’ is due to be launched at Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival (23 September) at City Hall which will help to tackle this issue.

How will it work?

Community Navigators Bristol offers free signposting and support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their local area.   Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will make contact with older people, get to know them and share information about what’s happening where they live.   Whether it’s meeting people, becoming more active, rekindling old hobbies, volunteering or learning something new, the community navigator can point the older person in the right direction.

If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can come along with them when they try something for the first time.   They can also support the older person with any concerns that they have about getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting them with other community and health services to tackle these problems.

The service provides short-term support for older people over 50 and is completely free.   It is available to people in their home or via phone appointments.  Community Navigators is funded by Bristol Ageing Better and run by a partnership of trusted local organisations.

Why is it a problem?

“Loneliness is thought to be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day – and according to Age UK there are 1.2 million older people in England who are chronically lonely,” said Laura Thacker and Gemma Holden, the two Community Navigator Coordinators for the Bristol-wide service.   “Connecting people with their community can give huge benefits to long-term health and wellbeing.   We hope that through our network of local community navigators we’ll be able to transform the lives of people who are currently feeling isolated from their own communities.” Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (51:17) – on Community Navigators “

NEWSLETTER (50:17) – Window Wanderland, Cities of Service, fish, cafes

Can Do Bristol?

Some of the most useful contributions to the life of our community are donations in time and skills from local people: volunteering, helping out, joining in.   Across BS3 we have been looking at how we can encourage even more people to join in, after all, taking part often leads to the development of new skills, meeting new friends and generating feelings of personal achievement as well as helping others.

As well as talking in BS3, we have been in touch with city-wide agencies.   One of these is Cities of Service which, amongst other things, looks at volunteering in a range of world cities.    The coordinator for this in Bristol is Dominic Murphy and this is what he said when we wrote to him.   ‘From where I stand, the City Council and the Mayor are very keen to support social action/volunteering etc across Bristol as part of a citywide approach, but as a partner rather than as leader or ‘policy maker’.   We have been developing the CanDoBristol Website ( and are just at the point of asking local groups to put their ‘asks’ on it……As it’s new there may be ‘bugs’, so tell everyone using it that we are very happy to get feedback – the site has a ‘report bug’ button in the bottom right of the page.’

Dominic has also sent a draft of an Social Action Plan which is attached. Remember that both the website and the Social Action Plan are works in progress.   Dominic would like constructive comments, so that both can be made more effective.   Contact him on .

Window Wanderland

February may seem a long way off, but people are already thinking about this in schools, shops and front rooms.    In 2017 there were three WWs in BS3, see   One covered most of Bedminster and Southville wards and the other two were in Windmill Hill and that part of Bedminster sometimes called Malago Vale or Bemmie.   We expect that those three will go for it again, but wondered if other areas might want to join in.   Of course, we also want to increase the numbers of people taking part, both as window decorators and as wanderers, in the three established neighbourhoods.   A great feature of 2017 was that several streets had clearly increased their impact by collaborating around an agreed theme.     Gathorne Road was generally acknowledged at 2017 champion.    What about 2018?     We hope it won’t rain, but not even GBCP can guarantee that.

We understand that the WW idea which first emerged in Bishopston in 2015 has spread to several other cities and even to Canada.

Health & Wellbeing Cafe

Please find a poster attached for the first Health & Wellbeing café event on 12th October, 1-5pm at The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB (Health and Wellbeing Cafe poster Oct2017).  The event has three elements that will combine to create a fun, social and, most importantly, wellbeing boosting afternoon for over 55s. These are:

  • a combination of therapists (massage, chiropodist etc.) charging affordable rates
  • a social space serving refreshments and cake (surely cake is good for ones wellbeing!)
  • group ‘wellbeing focussed’ activities that will be open to everyone

The event will be free to attend and therapists will charge people directly at the event for massages etc. These will be around £5 for a 15 minute session. We will not take bookings in advance with people booking slots on arrival. There will be around four therapists to ensure everyone can book a slot. The group activities for the first event will be run by Paul and Monika from Twin Wave CIC, a community music and sound therapy organisation.

Community Noticeboards

Neil Burwell, who is undertaking a city-wide survey of community noticeboards, has asked us to thank those who have already sent information to him and to urge others to do so, if they can.    There’s a short form identifying what Neil needs to know.   It was attached to GBCP NEWSLETTER 45:17, but, if you can’t find it, contact Neil on .    In a month or so, we’ll circulate the BS3 list and you can spot the missing ones, if any.

Spindle Ensemble

Why not pop along to this concert at the Elephant House in aid of Macmillan Nurses?   Poster attached.

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva are offering funding ranging from £1000 to £25,000 for community projects.     Google Aviva Community Fund for more info.

Apple Day

Don’t forget Apple Day on Saturday, 30 September.   The Patchwork Community Group will be at their orchard on Dean Lane between 11 and 3.    Pop along for some apple juice, music and chat.

Keeping the Place Tidy

GBCP, local organisations and many local people have been concerned about ugly and smelly litter in our parks and streets.     We have all done our best to raise people’s awareness and develop local pride in our place and, no doubt, will continue to do so.   But, the litter problem starts at the manufacturers’ stage.    Recent legislation to require shops to charge for plastic bags has led to a welcome reduction in this source of often flying litter.    The Scottish government is considering an old idea – money back on drinks cans that are returned to shop.   A petition urging this policy on the British government has just been delivered in London.    We guess that there will always be a few people who don’t care or are too lazy, but these measures should help in the future.    Will your street be less littered in a year or two?

Air Pollution

This is an increasingly topical issue.    Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, the NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and BCC have produced a report summarising the situation in Bristol, as far as it is known.   It’s an interesting and rather scary read, especially regarding children!!!    Apart from suggesting that if you go for a walk or a bike ride you will be safer (how safer?) if you keep away from main roads, the report does not attempt to address ‘solutions’.     Tall people are probably safer than short people (children?) because the latter’s breathing bits are closer to ground level.   The report is too big to send out as an attachment to this newsletter, but if you contact we’ll send it to you.

Marmalade Trust (Christmas Day help-but before hand too!)

Every year the Marmalade Trust invites people who are on their own to join us in restaurants around Bristol and South Glos.   For many, it’s often the first time that they haven’t been alone on Christmas Day for years.    Every guest is made to feel very welcome and part of a big family.   Our volunteers do everything from gift wrapping, packing hampers, writing Christmas cards, giving gifts, helping at fundraising events, marketing, general admin., to driving guests to and from our venues on Christmas Day itself.   If you would like to help out, contact Natalie Wheeler on 07566 244788.

Festival of Future Cities

How do we make cities that we really want to live in?    What’s happening in Bristol?   What’s happening in other cities?    The second Festival of the Future City will run from October 18-20.    Local and international speakers will attempt to answer our questions.   For more information go to uk/seasons/festival-future- city/

Child Friendly Cities

This is one of the Future Cities free events and is on Friday, 20 October (2.30-5pm) at the Watershed.   Various urban designers, and other experts will try and answer the question ‘how do we make our cities more child friendly?’    To book go to events/how-do-we-create-child- friendly-cities/

Bristol Fish Project

BFP are building a community run and owned fish and hydroponics farm on Vale Lane, BS3.   Currently, this is entirely led by volunteers and could do with more hands on deck to help with the build.   If you fancy joining in with opportunities for something hands on with plenty of problem solving plus nice people and good food, please contact BFP on 0783 526 2968.     They usually meet on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm and on Sundays between 11 and 3 at 1 Vale Lane, BS3 5RU.

Volunteer Organisers

Many organisations have ‘volunteer organisers’, some of whom are volunteers themselves.    Voscur is organising a Bristol-wide meeting for these folk to exchange experiences.   This will be on Wednesday, September 27 at Step Together, 5 Russell Town Avenue (10am-1pm).   This is free to Voscur members.   Go to volunteer-organisers-forum for more information.   If anyone is going from BS3, it would be great if you would write a short report for the GBCP NEWSLETTER.

Windmill Hill?

The succesor organisations, if any, to Bristol’s 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships are still unclear.    According to BCC, GBCP and a few other areas are likely to continue in more or less the same way, but other districts are still in transition.   It seems pretty definite that our neigbouring NP covering Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill wards will disappear, at the moment, without any follow on structure.    Not the end of the world, of course.    We’ve asked people if they know what’s happening, especially in those sections that see themselves as parts of old Bedminster, but so far nobody has been able to tell us.

NEWSLETTER (49:17) – Special on My Wild Bedminster

Organisations in Greater Bedminster/BS3 have been working with Avon Wildlife Trust on their My Wild City project since 2016.    Our main contact has been Matt Collis and he will be editing special newsletters on wildlife about once a month.   This is the first.

We also want to include information from YOU about wildlife activities in your school, back garden, local park or wherever in BS3, so keep sending them to and .    Pictures and drawing too, please.

South Bristol Voice has been working closely with us on this project, so for even more news look at their monthly reports.

September sees the inevitable close of summer and the dawn of autumn.   It’s a fantastic month for wildlife in gardens as many creatures make the most of the remaining nectar-filled flowers and the abundant fruits and nuts.


Having hidden away for most of August, garden birds return with freshly grown feathers and are looking their absolute best.   They are much more active and vocal again with bird song heard most mornings.   Be prepared to hear some weird Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (49:17) – Special on My Wild Bedminster”