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David Miller signing copies of the Arboretum book in Waterstones yesterday afternoon. There are copies available in Waterstones, WH Smiths, the library and the Reg Driver Centre.   The book includes a wonderful trail to follow exploring the trees of this beautiful Arboretum.

The 5km Parkrun is back and they are looking for volunteer marshalls and time keepers. Let them know if you would like to help out. It really is a great experience. Have a look at their photographs of the run today.

Ipswich parkrun

Picture of book covers

Two new FoCP books available : Portrait of the Birds and Ipswich Arboretum

Why do so many people love bats and are those people themselves simply 'batty'? The FoCP September batwalk was well advertised in the local newspaper and, would you believe it, one hundred bat lovers turned up.

Spike the baby hedgehog

On Friday 19th September a lady came into the Reg Driver Centre holding a shoe box with a baby Hedgehog inside. She had found it on Bolton Lane and said it was about to wonder out onto the road. After much discussion and deliberation she finally decided it was best to leave Spike, as we’d now named him, with us (he was rather cute and adorable).  I promptly marched over to Bolton Lane Stores to buy some meat based dog food and hot dog sausages (what we use for our hedgehog survey tunnels, speak to me if you would like a kit for your garden).

Meet the birds of Christchurch Park

This years Autumn bird walk will start from the Reg Driver Centre at 9.30 on Saturday 25th October. All are welcome to join us in watching the lives of the wonderful birds in the park.


The dusk walk on the 5th September led by the Suffolk Bat Group was a real success with over 100 people armed with bat detectors. The attached photo was sent in by Ann Richardson. If you have any others please do send them in!

Check out our Nature Report for a detailed review, including some audio files of two bats we heard!

Join the Junior Park Run

A free Ipswich junior parkrun will take place in Ipswich's Christchurch Park every Sunday from 14th September.

Christchurch Park

Remaining Friends of Christchurch Park events this year:

Autumn Bird Walk 24th October at 9.30 am

Two wonderful new park books -  launch date to be confirmed very soon

Queens Baton Relay comes to Christchurch Park

The Queens Baton Relay came to Christchurch Park after a 120 mile journey around Suffolk.  Ipswich athlete and swimmer 80 year old Ken Webb passed it over to Zoe Newton who won an Olympic Bronze in 2012.  

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