10am-11.30am Saturday 26 January 2019 Deep Litter Clearing Wrap up warmly and select footwear appropriate to weather conditions leading up to and on the day especially if this includes rain &/or snow. For any new "wombles" - please meet Timothy Dowling at 9.45 for a Health and Safety briefing. Please register your intention to join us by contacting Martin on the form below. 10am Sunday 17th February 2019 Conservation Sunday led by Robin Howard to continue work on Clifton Camp. Meet on the grass at the junction of Observatory Road with Clifton Down Road. Bring gloves, loppers and secateurs if possible. Essential to register (for refreshments / tool provision) with Robin using the form below.
Drop off children at 10am and pick up at 3.30pm, Thursday 21st February 2019 Build a birdfeeder with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. For children aged 8-12 years. Have lots of fun finding out about the birds that live on the Downs in our ‘Which bird am I?’ and ‘Beaks and feeds’ games. In the afternoon create a couple of brilliant birdfeeders made from willow with artist Sarah Edwards. £17.50 per child please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop off children at 10am and pick up at 3.30pm Thursday 30th May 2019 Minibeast magic withThe Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Explore the undergrowth in search of little creatures in our minibeast safari. Create your own minibeast nature reserve and astound us with your acting skills in minibeast charades. In the afternoon, fashion your own marvellous minibeast sock puppet. £17.50 per child please Email: email@example.com
10.00am–11.00am Friday 24th May 2019Music with Mummy on the Downs withThe Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project Let’s make some melodious music in the meadow on the Downs. Decorate and play a shaker, sing, dance and meet some wildlife puppets with Fiona from Music with Mummy (daddy, granny or any other responsible adults are equally welcome!). £5.00 per child please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7.00pm–8.00pm Friday 15th February2019Urban peregrines with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Over the past 20 years Ed Drewitt has been studying the lives of urban peregrine falcons. Throughout this beautifully illustrated talk he will explore what makes these birds tick, why they are using our towns and cities and what we are finding out about them through studying their diet. He’ll also reveal what his colour-ringing studies tell us about where the young birds go to when they leave the nest. £5.00please Email: email@example.com
7.00pm–8.00pm Tuesday 12th March 2019Helping hedgehogs with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. In the past decade hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas. Emily Wilson will reveal how the ‘Hedgehog Street’ campaign is seeking to conserve this iconic species and empower the British public to help hedgehogs. Whether you put out some food, link up your gardens with ‘hedgehog highways’ or report sightings you can help bring these animals back from the brink.£5.00 The Hedgehog Street campaign is run by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10.00am–4.00pm Saturday 23rd February 2019Origami animals with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Join local origami artist Tony O’Hare for a hands-on and fun workshop to learn how to fold a variety of mammals, birds and other wildlife found on the Avon Gorge and Downs. Create robins, peregrines, foxes, goats, butterflies and more! Suitable for total beginners, all materials provided. £30.00 (includes materials) NB: This event is aimed at adults. please Email: email@example.com
10.00am–3.30pm Saturday 30th March2019Birdsong on the Downs with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Learn how to identify birds from their song with Ed Drewitt. After a multimedia introduction to the birds you’re likely to see and hear, our expert will lead you on a walk to identify birds ‘in the field’. £25.00 please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10.00am–3.30pm Saturday 25th May 2019 Picture perfect with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project Learn how to take great wildlife photographs with members of the North West Bristol Camera Club. After an illustrated introduction we’ll head outside to take advantage of the wonderful photographic opportunities that the Downs have to offer. This workshop is an ideal introduction for beginners. £25.00 Please bring your own digital camera to this course. NB: This event is aimed at adults. please Email: email@example.com
10.30am–12.00pm Saturday 2nd March2019Meet the Avon Gorge goat keeper with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project Search for our herd of goats on this strenuous walk in the Gully. Along the way, find out how they’re helping to make space for the rare plants of the Avon Gorge. £5.00 NB: There are very, very steep slopes and uneven ground on this walk. please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10.30am–12.30pm Sunday 7th April2019Gorge-ous spring plants with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. The Avon Gorge is internationally important for its rare and interesting plants. Discover spring- flowering rarities on a scramble around the gorge with local botanist Libby Houston. £6.00 NB: There are very, very steep slopes and uneven ground on this walk. please Email: email@example.com
6.00am–8.30am Sunday 14th April 2019Early birds and bacon butties (with a veggie option) with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Join us for an early morning walk with bird expert Michael Johnson. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, it’s back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. Note the early start time! £15.00 (includes a bacon bap or egg butty plus tea or coffee). please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10.30am–12.30pm Saturday 4th May 2019Trees of the Granny Downs with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project. Explore the new ‘Granny Downs tree trail’ with Robin Haward (Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge) and Mandy Leivers. Along the way learn to identify the trees, find out fascinating facts about them and enjoy laburnums, chestnuts and hawthorns in flower. £5.00please Email: email@example.com
10.00am–12.30pm Saturday 15th June2019Rare plants of the Avon Gorge walk and exhibition with The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project Discover the rare plants of the Avon Gorge on a short stroll with Libby Houston around the Observatory and over the Clifton Suspension Bridge. At the Bridge Visitor Centre we’ll enjoy an exhibition of botanical drawings and paintings by artists from the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and hear how they were created. £6.00 please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep litter picking FODAG volunteers and friends forage for litter one Saturday morning of the month during the winter from 10 am to 12 pm. If you would like to join the merry band please contact Martin for details.
Butterfly Survey Friends have actively surveyed the butterfly population of the downs over the last 6 years adding to national data. (data is held on our website). If you are interested in being involved please contact Martin on the form below.
Goat and Gully Monitoring A group of Friends keep a regular eye on the Goats in the Gully, making sure they are happy and healthy. Also we are looking to create a similar group who take note of the health of the Victorian steps and it's surroundings. If you would like to find out more or to get involved please contact Martin on the form below.
Conservation Sundays The second Sunday in the Month (this sometimes changes). Doing a range of activities and often asked to bring gloves, loppers and secateurs if possible. please register an interest with Robin on the form below.
Dead hedging the dead hedge working party work to build and maintain the dead hedges. If you are interested in being involved please contact Robin on the form below.