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Walks and talks and conservation dates

May Conservation session

Laurel cutting on the southern section
Saturday 11th May, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Give The Parkland Walk a helping hand and join us for a rewarding couple of hours tending the Nature Reserve cutting back laurel that is threatening to starve the ground of light and flora. PLEASE NOTE this session has been changed from that previously advertised. We will now be meeting at the Northwood Road entrance to work along the embankments towards Finsbury Park. Strong footwear and gloves are recommended. If you can bring secateurs, that will be helpful, otherwise we should be able to provide all the necessary tools. Just the kind of workout required before settling down to watch the FA Cup Final (or not).

Dawn Chorus walk THIS SUNDAY

Sunday 5th May 4am Start. Meet at the platforms at Crouch End Hill
Many who came to the last birdsong walk with Richard Meyers agreed they would do it again with an earlier start to hear the progression of the dawn chorus as different birds began the day. Well here's a chance to do just that with a 4am start. For more information contact Islington Ecology Centre 020 7527 4374 or email ecology centre@islington.gov.uk. Bring binoculars if you can. If you'd like to know more about the birds you're likely to see on the walk visit the bird page on our website.

Bat walk

Friday 28th June, 9pm Start
Starting point TBA
Join us with local bat expert Cindy Blaney to look and listen for these fascinating creatures. Bat walks are incredibly popular so to ensure a good experience it is limited to 25 FoTPW members. We recommmend this isn't appropriate for small children both due to the time and the need for complete silence to hear the bats. We have yet to finalise the start point, but it will most likely be the cafe by the pond at Finsbury Park. To ensure a place, please drop us an email to info@parkland-walk.org.uk. Places will be on a first come, first served basis. If you can't make this one, we plan to hold another later in the year.

Butterfly Survey

The butterfly survey is now in its second year. Last year was disappointing to say the least. We're pleased to discover that our intrepid recorder Linda Douthwaite has already spotted two butterflies that weren't seen last year, a Peacock and a Comma (shown here). If you'd like to know more about the butterflies you're likely to see on the walk visit the butterfly page on our website.


Talk: A Misspent Youth on The Parkland Walk
Rebecca Harrison, Woodkeeper at Highgate Woods entertained us all with a delightful and revealing talk on her childhood and teenage years on the Parkland Walk, leaving us to consider that we should be wary of any prejudice we have when we see youngster's hanging around on the walk. She was once one of those 'troublemakers' herself and her love for the walk led her to become an active conservationist.

The Committee
Well we only just managed to get enough members to be quorate. This year saw Jim Burgess and Penny West retire. Thank you to both for their considerable contribution. We wish them both the very best for the future. Elin Sandberg and David Charie were elected to the committee. The Chairman's report can be viewed here. Chairman's Report

Spring Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter

In case you have missed our Spring Newsletter, please give it a look. We put quite a bit of effort into producing it and making sure it's informative and interesting.  View Newsletter.

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