Next FOD+AG Deep Litter Clearance:
Date : Saturday February 24th 2024
Time : 10.00 - 11.30 am
Meeting Point : Near the S. end of Ladies Mile where the parking bays on the right come to an end.
Target Area : the stretch of the Downs from Ladies Mile to Ash Wood to the S. of the Ivywell Road tarmac path and North of Circular Road including Wildflower Meadow and Sea Walls.
Please sign up by email to <email@example.com> or by phone to 0117 924 9435.
Dates for your diary...
List of Dead Hedging 2024 dates for your diary
Dead hedging 2024 is just about to start. We have 4 dates Sunday a.m. Jan 28th Feb 4th Feb 11th Feb 18th 10.00 - 12.00 ish Do come and join us - just let me know!
Bring own refreshments, secateurs, gloves. Loppers and saws provided. Note: sessions at different times could be arranged to suit.
I do hope to see you.
Best wishes for 2024,
Here are the details of the next Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge (FOD+AG) Deep Litter Clean (DLC)
Date :Saturday 27.1.24
Time : 10.00 - 11.30 am
Meeting Point : Falcon Watch
Target Area : Footpath and woodland Edge on right side of Bridge Valley Road down to the Portway including Fairyland plus Woodland edge of Circular Road from Falconwatch to main Vehicular access path to the Gully.
Please sign up as usual by eMail to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by telephone to 0117 924 9435.
Looking forward to an excellent turnout to match or even exceed the 23 volunteers on January 6th. Signing up in advance is important to ensure that we have sufficient equipment.
Thanks and kind regards, Martin Collins.
FOD+AG First DLC (Deep Litter clean) of 2024 - January 6th Date : Saturday 6. 1 . 2024
Time : 10.00 - 11.30 am:
Meeting Point : Corner of Clifton Down and Promenade opposite the Lord Mayor's Residence.
Target Area : Clifton Down from top of Bridge Valley Roadto Christchurch Green on the left side of the promenade and Observatory Hill on the right, including the woodland edge of the gorge.
Please sign up in the usual way by eMail to <email@example.com> or by telephone to 0117 924 9435.
Wrap up warmly and, with the amount of rain recently please ensure that your footwear is waterproof and has a good grip in what in places can be very slippery terrain.
Look forward to seeing a good turnout. Martin & (p&p) Timothy.
FOD+AG November Deep Litter Clearance (DLC)
Date : Saturday 25.11.23
Time : 10.00 - 11.30am
Meeting Point : Intersection of Ladies Mile with tarmac path linking Worrall Road with Ivywell Road. (as for October DLC)
Target Area : Durdham Down and Clifton Down north of the tarmac path to the northern edge of Stoke Road and from Belgrave Road in the East to Downleaze in the West.
As has become traditional for the last DLC of a calendar year we would be pleased to entertain any volunteers on this occasion to join us at the Downs Cafe for light liquid refreshment from 11.30.
Please note the following:
1. Sign up for November in the usual way eMail to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or telephone to 01179249435
2. To avoid a clash with Christmas and New Year celebrationss/holidays/family commitments
there will be no December DLC but, lest you forget how to Womble in the interim we will meet again on January 6th 2024
3. The Dates for the remainder of the season will be :
Details will appear on the website and on our Facebook Page during the 10 days preceding each session.
4. For those unable to make November 25th - Thank you for your contributions in 2023 and A Happy Christmas and New Year when they come around!
Thanks and Kind regards, Martin and p&p Timothy.
Also keep an eye on the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge Facebook page:
Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project - four events before Christmas...
For further information contact the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail email@example.com.
Pre-booking for all events is essential.
Book online at https://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/visit/events or call 0117 4285300.
1) Buds, bark and beauty - discovery walk on the Downs
Sunday 18th November
10.00am - 12.00pm
£7.50 suitable for adults
It seems so easy to identify a tree in summer but how can we find out more about each species in winter!
It’s easier than you might think when you join in our exciting discovery walk with our fabulous ecologist from Avellana Ecology, Neill Talbot. We’ll take a look at our magnificent community of trees on the Downs and you’ll be impressing your friends with your knowledge after you’ve delved into their identifying features.
2) It’s an orang-utan’s world - wildlife talk.
Wednesday 22nd November
At the Conservation Education Centre, Clifton
7.00pm - 8.15pm
Suitable for adults and children aged 12 plus. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
An unforgettable opportunity to take in the world famous multi-award winning Silverback producer/director Huw Cordey, as he shares with us his touching stories of filming critically endangered orang-utans in northern Sumatra.
Huw takes us through the way our view of this endearing species has changed through 30 years of scientific study, and his uplifting experiences of filming them. We’ll be treated to a combination of behind the scenes craftsmanship in filmmaking and the amazing natural history of orang-utans, illustrated with dazzling stills and sequence clips. A real treat for AGDW’s ever-growing group of supporters – especially as Huw will take questions at the end; a night to remember!
3) Craft a Christmas Wreath
Saturday 2nd December
10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday 6th October
6.00pm - 8.15pm
Let your creativity flow and be part of the experience as we team up for the first time with the fabulous Belle de Jour Clifton florist and flower academy to create a unique Christmas wreath at the former Bristol Zoo Gardens. Express yourself as we craft in some of the beautiful foliage sourced in the stunning and expertly maintained Gardens in your own unique Christmas creation.
Only include if space:
[Kika, who has run Belle de Jour florist in Clifton Village for many years, is a locally well-known and highly trained French florist who will guide us through our wreath making from start to finish; allowing you to take home an individually crafted beautiful wreath for your Christmas festivities.]
We’ll be in a joyful and festive mood, with a glass of prosecco or cup of coffee to choose from to accompany a slice of delicious cake!
4) Christmas Star Party on the Downs!
Tues 5th or Weds 6th or Thurs 7th December (depending on weather conditions) *
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Join in our Live Star Party hosted by Explorer Dome presenters together with Bristol Astronomical Society as we wrap up warm for a sparkling seasonal night of stargazing. Join your Downs community & the festive mood as you gaze up at the dazzling night sky through a telescope & listen to stories written in the stars!
£10.00 (adults) £5.00 (children).
Includes a hot drink and a star-shaped cookie!
Pay on the night.
Run in conjunction with Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge.
*You need to be free for all three evenings as the weather may be unsuitable on the 5th or 6th December.
For July 2023.
A new event from the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project:
Butterfly Heaven! Discovery walk on the Downs.
Sunday July 9th 2pm – 3.30pm £7.50
Have you ever heard of a Holly blue or a Speckled wood? You might be surprised to learn they are names of native butterflies found on our delightful Downs in Bristol! Get involved in our hunt as we work out which of our 21 summer species inhabit which habitat and discover some unexpected fascinating facts along the way. Join Timothy Dowling of FoDAG and others as we take a pleasant afternoon stroll on the Downs to see which species we can find.
To book visit https://www.wildplace.org.uk/whats-on-page/butterfly-heaven/ or call: 0117 428 5300
DLC (Deep Litter Collection) March 2023
Last FOD+AG Litter Clearance Session of 2022 - 2023 season
Date : Saturday 25.3.23
Time : 10.00 - 11.30am
Meeting Point : Intersection of Ladies Mile with tarmac path linking Ivywell Road with Worrall Road.
Target Area : Either side of Stoke Road from top of Stoke Hill in the west to top of Blackboy Hill in the east including environs of the Water Tower and Cafe to the north and The Dumps to the.south. A self-identifying group of us will first be deployed to widen the several paths through the Dumps to allow litter clearance from there.
* The coda to this final movement for those who can make it will be a gathering at the Downs Cafe for refreshment in celebration another hard-worked and successful DLC Season.
As indicated in the notice of this event already published od our web-side and Facebook Page, please sign up in the usual manner by telephone at 01179249435 or by email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and on this occasion add whether you would be prepared to use tools to cut back encroaching vegetation or would rather stick to litter clearance.
Thank you .........and kind regards,
See also Friends of the Downs Facebook page
DLC (Deep Litter Collection) early 2023
Saturday 25th February (please note new information).
Late February FOD+AG Deep Litter Clearence (DLC)
Date : Saturday 25 2.23
Time : 10.00 - 1130am
Meeting Point : Close to the last parking bays on the west side of Ladies Mile just before where it joins Circular Road.
Target Area : South of the tarmac path from Ivywell Road to the woodland edge of the Gorge between Ladies Mile in the East to and including Ash Wood in the West.
Please sign up as usual with Martin at <email@example.com> or 01179249435
Saturday 25th March - a general clean-up in a more open location.
Please sign up, if you would like to join us in the usual way via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0117 924 9435. The more of us who help, the less the burden on anyone. Martin Collins
Dead Hedging in January and February 2023
Protect the wild flower meadows by restoring the ‘dead hedges’ that guide runners and walkers away from sites. Do come and join us...it makes a huge difference to the wildflower meadow!
Tools provided - bring gloves and secateurs if you have them.
29th January 9.30am.
5th February 2.00pm.(note time)
12th February 9.30am.
19 February 9.30am.
To sign up please email Robin email@example.com
FOD+AG Deep Litter Clearance – 7th January 2023
A Happy Christmas and New Year from Timothy and I and we look forward to meeting up in January. Kind regards, Martin and Timothy
Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th November or Thursday 1st December*
Christmas Star Party on the Downs. Run in conjunction with the Friends of the Downs & Avon Gorge.
Wrap up warm for a seasonal night of stargazing with the Bristol Astronomical Society and Shaaron Leverment and Ben Brown from Explorer Dome. Be amazed as you look at the Orion Nebula through a telescope. Learn how to spot the main winter constellations and enjoy hearing the stories written in the stars with a unique festive twist.
7 - 9pm, £10 (adults) £5 (children). Includes a hot drink and a star-shaped cookie!
Please book in advance but pay on the evening.
Book by calling 0117 903 0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*You need to be free for all three evenings as the weather may be unsuitable on the 29th or 30th November.