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at Henleaze Lake Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we run a number of different day projects in Bristol, and we have a pick up point for volunteers by Pero’s Bridge in town at 9.45am. People who are interested in volunteering with us just need to turn up and fill out a simple registration form on the day. No training is necessary and you just need to wear suitable clothes and bring a packed lunch with you.” Some of the main activities that TCV are involved with include tree planting, vegetation and bramble clearance, as well as building paths and stone wall repair. To find out more about their volunteering opportunities in Bristol, email volunteerbristol@tcv.org.uk or call 07739 447995. As an aside, Henleaze Swimming Club suspects that they may have been playing host to a different type of visitor during the winter months – an

otter! Speaking about their suspicions, Mark Thompson added: “We have carp at the lake, and usually we may lose one or two during the winter months. However, over the last six weeks we have lost half a dozen, and all have been eaten in a very particular way which makes us think that we may have an otter. They have been sighted on the Trym by Blaise Castle and males can have a territory of 20 miles, so it is certainly possible. “Although our carp anglers aren’t so keen on our suspicions, if we do have one then we’d be very pleased to sacrifice carp to it, as they are such a protected species. It would also be a great addition to the badgers, foxes and kingfishers that we have here, so watch this space!” The swimming club has got in touch with Bristol Otter Survey group, and are currently arranging for them to come to the lake to look for signs of an

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otter, such as footprints and droppings that have a distinctive smell. If one is discovered, the group has said they would take advice on how to ensure that individuals use the lake in an appropriate way moving forward, as it’s important that otters aren’t disturbed. We’ll cover any updates on this story in future editions of the Henleaze and

Westbury Voice. The swimming club is looking forward to celebrating their centenary next year, and are currently writing a book of people’s memories of Henleaze Lake from years gone by. If you’d like to contribute to this, please get in touch with the swimming club via their website: www.henleazeswimmingclub.org

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Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

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