Monthly Archives: September 2012

WILD PLANTS OF UPLANDS PARK, OAK BAY by T.C. Brayshaw Sept.1990 (Revised 1991)

This “plant list” from 1991, complied by T.C. Brayshaw, and dated Sept.1990 (Revised 1991), was noted in a previous FOUP posting, but, in case you missed it, here is the PDF: WILD PLANTS OF UPLANDS PARK, OAK BAY

Good acorn crop this year in Uplands Park. Photo taken Sept 23-2102 by Wayne.

Uplands Park – Growing a Forest of European Ash

A couple of Friends of Uplands Park volunteers met early in Uplands Park, on September 23rd, to assess how many European Ash saplings had sprouted up and to flag them for possible removal at a later date. More than 200 saplings were flagged, and this was only a drop in the bucket. European Ash is characterized by a black bud shown by the images below, courtesy of Wikipedia. Other images show examples of flagged saplings in Uplands Park.

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WILD PLANTS OF UPLANDS PARK, OAK BAY by T.C. Brayshaw Sept.1990 (Revised 1991)

Uplands Park Management Plan 2005 ISMPlan
From the Uplands Park Management Plan: European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) – “Planted in the 30’s; now well established as 100’s of saplings and young trees and 1000’s of seedlings in southern areas and encircling the central meadow.

Wikipedia entry for information on European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)

Gallery Of Images of European Ash.

Cooper’s Hawk in Uplands Park

Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, September 30, 2012 8:00 am. Join Birder Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park. Meet at Cattle Point by the first boat launch. Bring binoculars, bird books or checklists or simply show up to enjoy the outing, rain or shine.


Wayne’s photos taken on Sept 23-2012.

BROOM BASH – Uplands Park – Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 & Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 1 to 4 pm

Bring your family, tools (loppers and clippers) and gloves to join in the fun of weeding out Scotch Broom, Ivy and other invasive plants. Meet on Beach Drive at the entrance to Cattle Point and sign in at the Registration table. Encourage others to become members of the Friends of Uplands Park.

Photos – 2011 Broom Bash in Uplands Park
(Saturday October 22, 2011)
(Sunday October 23, 2011)

The Broom Bash was a great success:
133 people volunteered 265 hours.

Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, September 30, 2012 8:00 am

Join Birder Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park. Meet at Cattle Point by the first boat launch. Bring binoculars, bird books or checklists or simply show up to enjoy the outing, rain or shine.

The next Bird Walk will be Sunday October 28 at 8:00 am

Blackberry Thorns May Help Discourage Bikes in Uplands Park


I walked my bike through Uplands Park last week (I did not ride my bike) and managed to pick up 3 separate blackberry thorns. OK, I had first parked my bike right beside the Blackberry Patch while I was picking blackberries, so this is likely where I managed to collect all those thorns, rather than on the trails. In any case, this lead to three trips to Oak Bay Bikes & 3 new inner tubes. Oak Bay Bikes only found one thorn each time my tire went flat, thus the 3 successive visits. Riding a bike is prohibited in Uplands Park because of all the endangered species, but maybe the possibility of blackberry thorns (and rose thorns too) will help keep all bikes, even those being walked, out of Uplands Park? I hope I learned a lesson here, much as I love to wander through Uplands Park pushing my bike in one entrance and out another. Mostly I hope we can get a bike rack at the Midland entrance to Uplands Park, where the big blackberry patch is found. Lots of community members are picking blackberries in Uplands Park these days and the blackberries are plentiful and very beautiful. (Posted by Kathleen)