Friends of the Welsh Harp

Bird walks for beginners at the Welsh Harp

These exciting bird walks will aim at teaching how to identify the many species of birds which can be found on the reservoir and its surrounding areas.

Autumn is a great time as major migration takes place, so there will be ample opportunities to learn about species both resident and migrant.

Walks will take place on the first Sunday of each month: 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December 2021. They will start at 10:00 and finish at 12:00. Register here.

Eurasian Kestrel
Magnus Andersson

Birding is unpredictable so the species seen on the day will inform the major talking points, but we will also, amongst other things, learn how to identify birds by their calls, how to observe visible migration, touch on ageing of birds and learn some tricks on how to coax a skulking rarity to show itself and allow for its correct identification.

Please bring a pair of binoculars (if you have them). Due to risk of COVID-19 transmission it is not possible to share equipment with members outside of your own household.

The walks will be led by Magnus Andersson who has been birding since his teens. Magnus is involved in the Wetlands Bird Survey run by the British Trust for Ornithology, and has also been the odonata recorder for Brent Reservoir when the London Wildlife Trust had funding for their Water for Wildlife scheme. He is also involved in the Welsh Harp Conservation Group, a registered charity which has been heavily involved in protecting and developing the SSSI and nature reserve for the last 49 years.

We thank the Canal and River Trust for sponsoring these walks.