Get in touch with nature this January

Local nature lovers are invited to sign-up for two free events being held on Saturday, 26 January.

Nature in Walpole Park

A guided bird walk in Walpole Park will give amateur bird watchers the opportunity to get up-close to local species and learn fascinating facts about birds.

Meeting at 7am, the group will survey the number of birds in the park and look for species including goldfinches, collard doves and long-tailed tits. Expert ornithologists will be on hand to answer questions and to help spot some of the more timid creatures.

The event is part of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Bird Watch, encouraging local communities and people to record the number of birds in their area. The findings will be reported back to RSPB, contributing to the world’s largest wildlife survey.

Everyone is welcome to come along, but places are limited. Please contact park manager, Emma Allen, on allene@ealing.gov.uk or 07711 391185 to book a place.

From 11am on the same day, people are invited to take part in a community gardening event at Gunnersbury Park as part of the nation-wide Big Tree Plant.

Around 200 trees are expected to be planted along the eastern boundary of the park, which will attract more wildlife and provide shade and protection.

Volunteers will meet near the entrance to the park opposite Lionel Road Primary School.  For more information, please email gunnersbury@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 6787.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along to these two fantastic events. By taking part you’ll help to improve our local area, while meeting other people.  All you need is some wellies, a bit of enthusiasm, and the willingness to learn about local wildlife and vegetation.”