Nature in the Park

BBC Breathing Places

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butterfly Help the butterfly find its way to the Local Floral Nature Reserve to feed in the field of flowers...

Updated: 5th September 2011

In 2007, St.James' Park was awarded a BBC Breathing Places grant of £10,000, which FoSJP used to encourage the diversity of wildlife in the Park; for example:

Picture of bat box Picture of robin Picture of flowers and insects Picture of information sign

The BBC Breathing Places initiative came to end in December 2010. Now that the restoration and improvement works in the Park are completed, including significant planting of new trees, shrubs, and flowers, FoSJP plans to resume its efforts to encourage native flora and fauna in the Park.

Birdlife in and around the Park

Picture of great tit

Updated: 5th September 2011

Birds, Boxes, and Biscuits - March 2008

To kick-start the BBC Breathing Places initiative, FoSJP organised a Birds, Boxes, and Biscuits event in March 2008. Find out more here.

Bird Survey around St.James' Park - Monday 14th April 2008

Following on from the Birds, Boxes, and Biscuits event in March 2008, the Southampton District Bird Group conducted a bird survey within and around the Park, to help us with our BBC Breathing Places work, using a combination of visual identification and bird songs.

The following birds were identified within and immediately around the Park: In gardens around the Park there were:
Flying behind the Winchester Road area (in the direction of Lordsdale Greenways) there were:
Use the links to find out more about each bird from the RSPB website, including birdsong recordings.

Our expert said that it was clear that the birds enjoyed the garden environments surrounding the Park. We hope through the small additions that are made in the Park to encourage birds within the Park itself. Our thanks go to the Southampton District Bird Group for this valuable input.

Bird Boxes

FoSJP set up several bird boxes set up around the Park, including one with an in-box infra-red camera (footage from which appears in monochrome).

The series of videos on the right shows the outside of the birdbox, and the feeding station, and then a sequence of our resident female Great Tit raising a family throughout the spring of 2009:

These bird boxes were taken down in September 2010 during the restoration and improvement works in the Park; now that these works are completed, we plan to re‑establish bird boxes in new locations.

Going Batty!

Updated: 5th September 2011

Batty about Bats! October 2008

Bat shadow FoSJP organised a Batty about Bats! event at the Park in October 2008. Find out more here.

Bat Boxes

FoSJP set up 3 bat boxes around the Park; these had to be taken down in September 2010 during the restoration and improvement works in the Park; now that these works are completed, we hope to be able to re‑establish bat boxes in new locations.

A Local Floral Nature Reserve in the Park

A field full of flowers

A field full of flowers!

Updated: 12th May 2012

With expert help from the Southampton City Council Parks and Open Spaces Team, FoSJP worked hard to establish a Local Floral Nature Reserve in the Park, with a series of planting events:

Follow the links above for pictures of those events.

Visit our Wildflower Guide to find out what was planted, and to see how our Local Floral Nature Reserve progressed.

The Local Floral Nature Reserve had to be partly removed in Summer 2010 during the restoration and improvement works in the Park, but part of those works included sowing seeds for more wildflowers which we hope to see springing up in the Park before too long.

Educational Signage

Updated: 5th September 2011

Two educational signs were installed in the Park on Monday 6th July 2009, next to the bank adjacent to Winchester Road, to add to visitors' understanding and enjoyment of the Park:

Picture of Marvellous Minibeasts sign

Marvellous Minibeasts

Picture of Terrific Trees sign

Terrific Trees

These signs had to be removed in Summer 2010 during the restoration and improvement works in the Park, but were restored shortly before the works were finished in July 2011, in front of the two smaller lookouts on the new Scenic Walkway.

Designs are also ready for two more signs - "Wings in the Park" and "Wonderful Wildflowers" - but we're awaiting additional funding before those can be commissioned and installed.

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