The Welsh Harp (Brent Reservoir)
A Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve in NW London
Welcome to the Friends of the Welsh Harp website!
Affectionately known as the Welsh Harpies, we are a group of individuals who are passionate about the Welsh Harp and its potential.
We campaign for the Welsh Harp and organise litter picks — with at least 1,500 bags of rubbish (not to mention safes, tyres, supermarket trolleys, and even guns!) removed from the wetland between January and April 2021 alone.
The Welsh Harp is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It provides a valuable habitat for wildlife, and is recognised as one of the most important bird breeding areas in Southern England.
SSSI-listed Great Crested Grebe at the Welsh Harp. Credit: Magnus Andersson
A deep-rooted environmental crisis
Despite its importance, the Welsh Harp has been neglected for decades. When, earlier this year, the water level of the reservoir was temporarily lowered by one metre for dam repairs, the extent of this deep-rooted environmental crisis was revealed in the form of wheelie bins and supermarket trolleys sticking out of the water. But the problem is far more serious than 'just' unsightly rubbish.
Alongside other campaigners we have been working hard to bring all stakeholders to account as well as reinvigorate our local community to fight and care for this long-forgotten gem.
Read our vision for the Welsh Harp here. It summarises the key issues the Welsh Harp is facing along with pragmatic solutions.
The extent of the rubbish revealed following the lowering of water. Credit: Ben Watt
We run regular litter picks and nature walks. Please see 'Our work and events' to get involved!