Weekly FOUP Volunteer Opportunity – Removing English Ivy from Uplands Park


Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park Chair, invites volunteers to remove English Ivy in Uplands Park.



















Join this weekly restoration group with Friends of Uplands Park, helping to restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy.   Starting Sunday September 11 through to November 27, we will meet from 1 to 3 pm at the grassy field on Beach Drive at the entrance to Cattle Point.  Tools and gloves will be provided, instructions given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan.  Suitable for all ages.  An excellent volunteer opportunity for students.

Volunteer hours are used by Oak Bay Parks to apply for a federal Habitat Restoration Project Grant which is based on volunteer hours and on the 22 rare plants in Uplands Park.  Oak Bay Parks has just received a grant of over $100,000 to be used over the next 3 years.  This will pay for restoration management and removal in rare plant areas.  Congratulations to all our volunteers!

September 11 each Sunday until end of November

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, mlidkea@shaw.ca

[Uplands Park English Ivy Photos by Kathleen Matthews. February 2016]

Friends of Uplands Park – Heads Up: Fall Events in Uplands Park [Spiders, Birding, Invasive Plants Bash]

Friends of Uplands Park activities are now scheduled for September and October 2016. More information to follow closer to the activity dates.

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Birding with Geoffrey Newell. 8:00 a.m. Meeting at Cattle Point.
  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Spider Websites. 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Family activity. Wander rocky meadows to find local spiders, their webs, and learn about their habits. Dress up as a spider to learn about spider bodies. Cancelled if rainy.
  • Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Annual Invasive Plant Bash. Afternoon. Tools and refreshments supplied. All ages welcome.

FOUP’s Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

From David Newell:

“Geoffrey Newell’s next public bird walk for the Friends of Uplands Park is on Saturday, Sept. 17. Meet at Cattle Point at 8:00 a.m.  After watching for sea and shorebirds, we will go inland to search for fall migrants.  Did you know that Uplands Park hosts 22 endangered plants and is essential to native birds? Did you know that Geoffrey’s announcements for his bird walks are regularly found on Shaw T.V. (Channel 4) and in the Oak Bay News during the week before his walk and on the Oak Bay Recreation Parks website?   Please spread the word and enjoy these sources of media as well.  Let us know on his next walk, if you spotted them.”

If anyone has photos, or stories, from the Uplands Park Bird Walks that took place on June 30-2016 or August 27, 2016, please send to Kathleen Matthews at KathleenMatt@gmail.com, for posting to the FOUP website. Apologies for not posting these two events, back before they took place. I have been out of town for most of the summer. Photos and stories from the July 30th bird walk also welcome.