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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: April 2017

The birding year hots up through April as migration reaches its peak. Most summer visitors arrive here during this month and rarities can be expected from passage migrants. There is further interest from courtship (e.g. great crested grebes in main photo above), nesting activity, and the first juvenile birds start to appear. In a frenetic […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2017

In the birdwatching year March is a month of great change. Winter visitors are moving off north to their summer breeding grounds, and towards the end of the month our summer visitors start to arrive. The new arrivals settle in to new territories and fill the site with bird song as they try to attract […]

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Wild Weekend Festival – First birthday celebration with FREE entry!

Sat, 29/04/2017 – 9:00am – Sun, 30/04/2017 – 6:00pm Experience London’s wild side with a weekend of free, wildlife-themed events at Woodberry Wetlands, an expansive nature reserve created from a freshwater reservoir previously closed to visitors for nearly 200 years. The site is now a popular visitor attraction, with reedbeds and wildflowers providing a rare […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: February 2017

February is one of the months where little or no bird movement associated with migration occurs. This means that the likelihood of finding any unusual birds is low unless there is a period of severe weather. There was a short cold snap in early February which provided the major highlight of the month, when on […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: January 2017

In January, the best chance of seeing unusual birds is during an extended cold spell. Specifically, when the temperature is in the range -5 to -10⁰C in the London area, many bodies of water will be frozen over. However, the reservoir at Woodberry Wetlands may only be partially frozen, due to the flow of water […]

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Children’s artwork celebrates nature at Woodberry Wetlands

Talented pupils from Jubilee Primary School in Stoke Newington have created a stunning mural of their local nature reserve, Woodberry Wetlands, featuring London’s colourful wildlife and the reserve’s distinctive urban skyline. Pupils from several Jubilee classes visited Woodberry Wetlands last year as part of London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild about Learning’ outdoor education sessions, funded by […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: December 2016

December is a month where interesting birds are likely to turn up during periods of very cold weather. The weather remained particularly mild throughout December, which would ordinarily signal a quiet month for birdwatching. However, this was far from the case and December was arguably the most interesting birding month of the year at Woodberry […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: November 2016

November is generally a quiet month for birding, with little significant movement of birds occurring. Our winter visitors have arrived, and our summer visitors are now long gone until next year. High water levels in the reservoir throughout the month were not entirely favourable from a birdwatching perspective, yet during November we had sightings of […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2016

October is a time of great excitement amongst birders, as a higher concentration of rare birds compared to any other month generally arrive in the UK. Most of the action takes place around the coast and on the smaller British islands, where migrants from the US, Scandinavia and Siberia can arrive. At an inland site […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2016

In birdwatching terms, September is a month of change: summer migrants continue to leave on their long journey south, winter migrants start to arrive from the north, and passage migrants continue to pass through. Highlights at Woodberry Wetlands this month have included birds from all of these categories. The undoubted lowlight of the month was […]

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