Free Family Wildlife Workshops in Ealing Parks

From Ealing Council – events that you might be interested in!

Join in:

All August – see the attached poster :

To support the upcoming launch of the council’s updated Biodiversity Action Plan we are running fun, free, family Wildlife activities that inspire children to nurture nature – these will be in four parks across Ealing throughout August.

10 – 2pm at:

Northala Fields (Tuesdays)
Southall Park (Wednesdays)
Acton Park (Thursdays)
Walpole Park (Fridays)

Weekly themes:

  • Week one: Night animals and Guided Bat walks @8.30pm daily in week one.
  • Week two: Busy Bugs
  • Week three: Precious Plants
  • Week four: Brilliant Birds

Make a beeswax candle, dissect an owl pellet or observe a slowworm…and much more.

For more information contact Education Officer Natasha Gavin:
natashagavineo@gmail.comnatashagavineo@gmail.com

Sunday 15 August, 11am – 3pm

We Love Horsenden! Community volunteering day, Horsenden Farm,
Horsenden Ln N, Perivale, UB6 7PQ (Horsenden Hill –
Horsendenhttp://www.horsenden.co.uk/hill/)

Our volunteer sessions are back! Friends of Horsenden Hill welcome you to join our friendly group of volunteers who enjoy being outdoors and getting stuck into a range of gardening and light maintenance tasks.

Hot drinks will be provided but bring a packed lunch if you plan to stay for the entire session. Bring your own gloves if you have them, we can provide gloves for those who don’t have any. Wear outdoor clothing and stout shoes. Working arrangements on the day will be Covid safe. You don’t need to be a gardening expert, we’ll give you all the instruction you need and allocate tasks according to your preference and physical ability. Tasks will include weeding and planting the flower beds and sensory garden, tidying up the driveways, clearing up rubbish on site, painting and light maintenance and whatever is needed on the day. Turn up any time between 11am and 3pm and ask any of the volunteers on site for Deborah or Justin. There’s free parking onsite and on Horsenden Lane South.

Gardening at Walpole Park
Every Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 12pm
Meet at the Rickyard courtyard, entrance to the right of the public toilets. If you have not attended a session before, you will need to book an induction.

Citizen Science and wildlife walks

It’s Dragonfly Week (run by the British Dragonfly Society) You can learn how to identify Dragonflies and record your sightings here: DragonflyWatch – British Dragonfly Society (british-dragonflies.org.uk)https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/recording/bds-recording-scheme/
Do something to celebrate and help our dragonflies!

Big Butterfly Count (runs to 8 Aug) (run by Butterfly Conservation)
The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess
the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type
of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.
There is a free chart and app you can download to help you take part
and submit your sightings. Find out more here: Big Butterfly Count
(butterfly-conservation.org)https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/

Saturday 24 July, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Horsenden Hill Guided Nature walk: conservation Horsenden Farm,
Horsenden Ln N, Perivale, UB6 7PQ
Conservation. Walking a tight rope. What is conservation? Why is it necessary? Why is it difficult? This is a gentle walk and will suit those who are reasonably fit. Regrettably it is not suitable for wheelchair access. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. The pathways may be muddy in parts. Booking is essential. The walk cost £5 per person with all proceeds going to the Friends of Horsenden Hill.
To reserve your place, email
contact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.ukcontact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.uk

Tuesday 27 July, 9pm
EWG Bat walk
Elthorne Park – meet by the entrance on Boston Road The evening will start will a short introduction to our local bats,
before a walk with bat detectors to see if we can find any! We are asking attendees to sign-up in advance, although there a no restrictions on numbers any more. Please complete the form here:
https://forms.gle/zBUxccmUBrkJ3aVZAhttps://forms.gle/zBUxccmUBrkJ3aVZA?fbclid=IwAR3-dXsTiAs4ism61oX4gpvCQrACx5-9o3sv8k_836Q_zxk-dymy2K0-PrE

Thursday 29 July, 9pm
EWG Bat walk
Hanger Hill Park – meet by the on Hillcrest Road, next to 2 Hillcrest Road, W5 1HW
The evening will start will a short introduction to our local bats, before a walk with bat detectors to see if we can find any! Contact for event: Vanessa 07976920562

Thursday 5 August, 10 am
Horsenden Hill Guided Nature walk: Trees Horsenden Farm, Horsenden Ln N, Perivale, UB6 7PQ
There are more than 40 species of tree and shrub on Horsenden. How many can we find? This is a gentle walk and will suit those who are reasonably fit. Regrettably it is not suitable for wheelchair access. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. The pathways may be muddy in parts. Booking is essential The walk cost £5 per person with all proceeds going to the Friends of Horsenden Hill.
To reserve your place, email
contact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.ukcontact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.uk

Monthly bird walk and survey
Walpole Park
Saturday 21 August, 8am
Meet outside the café kiosk

Free events:

Saturday 24 July, 11am – 2pm
Plant and Art Market
North Acton Pavilion, North Acton Playing Fields, W3 0JF
Join in with community gardening, art and baking workshops, affordable stalls selling local art and plants (from Acton Gardens Association).

Saturday 24 July
Dr Bike in Southall
Book your bike maintenance check-up slot:
activity@accteams.ukactivity@accteams.uk
Southall Manor House Grounds, The Green UB2 4BJ. 10 – 1pm
Southall Square, outside Lidl, 57-78 High Street, UB1 3DB. 2-5pm

Litter picks:

Sunday 15 August, 10am
North Hyde Lane Bridge, Southall, UB2 5PJ
We cleaned this area on 8th April and again on 11th July. We feel it needs a monthly maintenance event. Come and join in the fun – lots of trash so highly rewarding! This area is frequented by drug users and there may be needles.
Extreme caution to be exercised. Bring a sharps box if you have one, and wear sturdy footwear and gloves.
We have permission to park in the Old Oak Tree Inn car park. The Common, Southall UB2 5PJ.
By participating you confirm you have read Stay Safe While Litterpicking guide.
Cathy’s phone number 07769 212576

Short course:
Saturday 14 August, 11am
Foraging course, Horsenden Farm, Horsenden Ln N, Perivale, UB6 7PQ
Join a Totally Wild UK professional forager to learn the art of foraging and to discover the vast range of wild edibles lying all around us before cooking up your very own wild food lunch.
£60. Book at https://totallywilduk.co.uk/foraging-courses

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