New Vision have managed to secure yet another small grant from Waterloo Housing Association towards the completion of the woodland pathway within Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve, started last year. Brandwood Forum also had access to a small grant which they kindly contributed towards this project, so its all ready to go!
Last year members of the Friends of Jasmin Fields were assisted by Bournville College students under the supervision of the BCC Park Ranger Service. Hopefully the same system will happen this time.
Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve forms part of a circular walk taking in Brandwood End Cemetery and Brandwood Pool. The close proximity of these three sites to the northern Stratford upon Avon Canal also form a wild life corridor. Muntjac and Roe deer often move between all 3 sites and there is a healthy bat population. We suspect that they wont be using the new pathway!!
For a while now the plinth used by families to feed the ducks at Brandwood Pool has been rotten and not really safe but we are pleased to say it is back in use again. Dean, the Ranger, helped by Wendy and her team of students from Bournville College have redesigned the base and removed all that wood and replaced it with hard core. Lots of baby moor hens, coots and ducks to feed. Keep your eyes peeled for our daily Woodpecker visitor. He likes the large Oak on the far side of the pool.
Brandwood Pool lies adjacent to the Cemetery but walking access is via Whittington Close B14 6JW.
The Friends are always looking for help at work parties and litter picks. They can be contacted on 0121 605 4316.
Many people enjoyed the bat walk that was led locally by Brum Bats in 2011. They attempted the event in 2012 only to have it rained off, like so many others last year. Brum Bats and the Ranger Service are hoping the weather will be kinder this year and have set a new date. The walk starts at Jasmin Fields and takes us through Brandwood End Cemetery, ending at Brandwood Pool. The Cemetery is closed in the evenings so this is your chance to get exclusive access, and hopefully see some bats!
The walk, lasting about 2 hours, starts at 7pm, please meet at the farm gate on Bayston Road, Kings Heath (opposite Kinsey Grove). Please wear suitable shoes and outdoor clothing and all under 16’s must be supervised. You will need a strong torch. This event does need to be booked due to popularity- so contact the Ranger Service on 0121 675 0937 if you want to join us.
Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery joined other members of New Vision at an ‘Explore Jasmin Fields’ event last Saturday. A similar event last summer was completely drowned out so we were dismayed when we started to set up in rain and wind! The wind was so strong that one or our gazebos briefly became a kite……but the wind soon dropped and the rain cleared and by starting time we had very acceptable weather.
We were very pleased that the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress came along to open the event and stayed most of the morning. The Ranger Service and the Friends of Jasmin Fields, supported by New Vision, had arranged a circular walk of the nature reserve, pond dipping, cake icing, badge making, bike repairs and advice on security by the Neighbourhood Policing Team. The event gave local groups, including FBEC, the opportunity to make residents more aware of their activities and to enlist members for future events. Everyone agreed to had been a real success and well worth the effort by the volunteers.
If you have an interest in any of the local groups, especially Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery, please contact us via this site and we will add you to our e mail list to be advised of anything happening in our local community group areas. We all need your support at our events and it is so good to see local people interested in any of our sites.
Please come and join us on Friday 3rd September as ‘Brum Bats’ are hosting a bat evening at Brandwood pool. Please put this date in your diary. The time has yet to be confirmed but it will be fairly late in the evening to catch the bat movements.
We will post more details nearer the time – watch this space!
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