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Wildlife areas for Victoria Park

posted 13 Jan 2015, 04:35 by Claire Fenwick

VPAG wildlife group have sent the following article to BS3 magazine.

Victoria Park is a large green space within a built up urban environment, and on the surface this may look good for wildlife. But with clean cut turf, no wetland area and a lack of pollinating flora, the park offers little in terms of food or shelter for non human users.

Twenty years ago a Wildlife Group in Victoria Park established two small areas of woodland, created a pond and agreed large areas of meadow grass within the Council’s Park Plan.  Then parks management went through a sadly neglected phase and the wildlife areas declined.

Now, under the umbrella of the Victoria Park Action Group, a new wildlife group has been established. A public consultation exercise was carried out last year and a development plan drawn up. Negotiations were initiated with Bristol City Parks.  The steeper grass slopes on the north side of the park are again under a ‘no-cut’ - actually to be cut once a year in autumn – regime, with visible temporary notices declaring ‘Wildlife Area, home to wildflowers, creepy-crawlies, bees, birds and bats’. 

Both the local primary schools, St Mary Redcliffe and Victoria Park, have expressed an interest in these areas as an educational resource. Meanwhile, the Wildlife Group is about to begin work preparing wildflower beds (the University of Bristol has already undertaken a trial area for a couple of years on the eastern slope) and hopes later to undertake some coppicing work in the woodlands. Anyone wishing to join the conservation volunteers should contact the Victoria Park Action Group via the web.