We had a wonderful turn-out for Monday’s RSPB Garden Birdwatch! Thanks to everyone who attended.
Photo with thanks to Jill Forgham
The count was as follows:
2 Blue tits
2 Carrion Crows
1 Great tit
13 House sparrows
5 Wood pigeons!
and 2 Squirrels – we know they’re not birds but the RSPB asked people to note other wild animals too!
Note: These are the maximum number of birds seen in one hour so, for instance the 5 wood pigeons were spotted together at the same time. This is a caveat used to ensure that the same individuals are not counted twice.
Don’t forget the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Check online to see what you can do in your own garden or join our RSPB friend on Monday afternoon to count in the park. It’s free and fun!
“Around 500,000 people took part in the last birdwatch. That’s a LOT of birds counted! Now it’s your chance to join in, and count the wildlife that’s counting on you.”
Please contact us for more information about Monday.
Thanks to a kind donation, we were able to refresh the wood chip around the educational zone and pathways in the Wildlife Area yesterday.
It was an Herculean effort given by all the volunteers: Ray, Alison, Simon, Claire & Astrid. The wood chips had to be carried from the Parks yard by Fourth Avenue as the truck was too big to get any closer.
A Happy New Year to everyone!
If you had a real Christmas tree, as with previous years, Westminster & Veolia will be collecting them (after all decorations have been removed) from a pen near the Ilbert Street park gate by Fourth Avenue between the 2nd and 15th January, 2018 and St Luke’s Church at the top of Ashmore Road. Please don’t leave them anywhere else in the streets. We are lucky to have this service so please use it responsibly.
Sadly, the card collection arrangement that Marks & Spencer had with the Woodland Trust is no longer in place, however the Forest Stewardship Council have a similar scheme with certain branches of Sainsbury from now until 8th January 2018. If you are unable to find a participating branch please recycle your cards with the rest of your paper, card, pots, tubs, trays, bottles and jars for the council to collect.
Queen’s Park Gardens used to be regarded as having an unusually high number of sparrows for an inner London location and might need a little help in the cold weather while we wait for the new orchard trees to flourish.
Birds like to eat fatty proteins to keep warm in winter so why not try to make this cake for them?
Now is a really good time to clean nesting boxes because birds will start to look for perspective nesting places soon.
Carol Concert: 16th December
The All Sing! Harrow Road Community Choir is returning to St John The Evangelist, Kensal Green with a concert in aid of the charity REAL ACTION ; supporting their work with the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. This promises to be a popular event, starting at 6.30pm. All welcome!
The church is on the corner of Harrow Road and Kilburn Lane. Directions are here.
To be truthful, it may be a couple of weeks old by now but we’ve been busy!
LOOK at all the wonderful things you can do just around the corner. More info at their website.
The Winter Fair is next weekend. As in previous years, there will be entertainment for the over 50s in St Jude’s Hall in collaboration with Open Age & Community Champions from noon to 2pm.
The park events begin at 2pm and last until 4pm. There will be carol singing, donkey rides, local craft stalls and plenty of things you can join in with.
Our local youth engagement initiative Trees For Christmas will also be there selling trees.
Thank you to the QPCC, Community Champions, Open Age, A2 Dominion, Citywest Homes & City of Westminster.
Ahem, if you want to make a day of it, we’ll be GARDENING from 10 am for a couple of hours (until midday). In order to make the Wildlife Area look good from Spring onwards, we have to do a lot of chores in winter. Sewing seeds and planting bulbs; pruning and clearing; stopping for a chocolate snack too!
You’ll also find us in the park in the afternoon so if you can’t garden, you can at least come and talk to us to learn more about what we do. Failing that, please sign up to our mailing list to find out when you can help. More info here.