Friends of Uplands Park & the Royal BC Museum co-present an evening Beach Seine Net at Willows Beach: Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs! – December 12-2016

Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park sends the following invitation:

Dear Friends of Uplands Park

We are again partnering with the Royal BC Museum with an evening Beach Seine Net at the north end of Willows Beach.  Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers for people to collect creatures, watch them wiggle and ask the experts about them.

Event Details – Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!

  • December 12, 2016
  • 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Willows Beach
  • More info at the Royal BC Museum website:
Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum, as they conduct an evening beach seine at Willows Beach. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimp, and other invertebrates will be brought in using a large net, so everyone will get an up-close look at what lives beneath the waves.

Meet at Willows Beach. From Estevan, Turn left onto Esplanade and drive toward the north end of the beach. Park on the right near the large white Royal BC Museum van.

Dress appropriately (boots, layers, rain gear) and wear a headlamp or bring a flashlight.



Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, November 26-2016

David Newell sends the following invitation:

Hello Friends of Uplands Park:

Join bird expert Geoffrey Newell next Saturday, Nov. 26, on his Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk.  Please meet at 9:00 a.m. in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point.  Uplands Park is at the north end of Willlows Beach in Oak Bay.  After observing sea and shore birds, we will head inland into the park in search of wintering birds.   Bring gum boots and warm clothing.

If you are interested in joining Team Oak Bay for the Christmas Bird Count, contact Geoffrey at

Photos by Wayne Matthews June 2014
Photos by Wayne Matthews June 2014

Oak Bay News article features the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash.

The November 2, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News has a front page article highlighting the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash. Both events are scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park and at Cattle Point.

Activities start at 10:00AM and continue until 4:00PM.

  • Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day: 10:00AM – Noon
  • FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash Noon – 4:00pm

Please come out to these family friendly events to learn about invasive species, and the special cultural and ecological heritage of Uplands Park and stay to help save Uplands Park from Invasive Species.

Read the Oak Bay News , Wednesday Oct, 2, 2016 online article.

The print edition features a different photo. Here are the screen prints from the online eEdition that is the same as the print version.


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Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day & FOUPs Annual Uplands Park Invasive Plant Bash – Sunday Nov 6 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

You’re invited to help the Friends of Uplands Park!

Events: Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day & FOUPs Annual Uplands Park Invasive Plant Bash

When: Sunday November 6, 2016  

Time: 10am to 4pm

Where:  Uplands Park; meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point

Join Oak Bay Parks staff and Friends of Uplands Park to learn about our native trees and the invasive trees, and plant trees and other native plants from 10 to 12 noon.

From noon to 4 pm. remove invasive plants like English ivy, Daphne laureola and Scotch broom to help the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem become healthier.

Bring your families, friends, gloves and loppers or pruners to join in the fun of being outside, physically active and helping the environment for free!  Refreshments included.


Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP


Uplands Park Ivy & Broom Bash – October 15 & 16, 2016 – Hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park

Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park Chair, invites volunteers for the annual Ivy & Broom Bash & the weekly No Ivy League program. 


Uplands Park Garry Oak Ecosystem is endangered and needs to have invasive plants removed.  This takes many volunteers and the entire community of Oak Bay.

YOU ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE IVY and other invasives.

This year’s management plans are to remove all ivy from the ocean side of the Cattle Point road, and to remove ivy from trees in the central area of Cattle Point. This is an excellent way for Secondary students to earn their volunteer hours.  Girl Guides can earn their Alien Invader badges, and Garry Oak Restoration crests.  Last year we documented over 1000 hours for volunteer help.  This was critical for the Oak Bay Parks Department to apply for and get the federal Habitat Stewardship Program grant.  This Fall, HSP gave Parks over $100,000 to hire a Restoration Ecologist on contract to develop management plans, and to hire some experts to remove invasives near the 23 rare plants in the park.

This money cannot be used to remove invasives in other areas of the park, but they still need to be removed because they are taking over the Garry Oak Ecosystem with all of its wonderful glory, and with the fields of blue camas and other wildflfowers that support the animal population in the park.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO DO THIS!   If OB Parks has to hire people to do this, your taxes will go up.

If the invasives are not removed, the park will become an area of invasive Norway Maple, English Hawthorn, European Ash, European Elm and other bushes and low plants without the beautiful wildflowers, insects, birds etc.  The park will be an area that could burn very hot and fast, threatening the houses built nearby if there is a wildfire.  Scotch broom even produces a toluene-type chemical that makes it burn very hot.



Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, partnering with Oak Bay Parks

Photo credit: Kathleen Matthews
Photo credit: Kathleen Matthews

Uplands Park 2016 – 2019 Restoration Plans and Map Featured – Oak Bay News – Sept 13/14-2016.

The Sept 14, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News featured the restoration work being planned for Uplands Park over the next few years [2016 – 2019], supported by a significant three year funding grant from the federal Habitat Stewardship Program.
Oak Bay News article Posted online on Sept 13, 2016.
The article authored by Christine van Reeuwyk, of the Oak Bay News, can be viewed at

A planning map of treatment areas over the next three years.
A planning map of treatment areas over the next three years. Photo contributed to Oak Bay News by Oak Bay Parks.