Table Top Sale - Saturday 14th November 2009 We would like to thank all those who supported this event by coming along with their table goods and for those visitors who came along to buy. The weather prevented too much walking around the reserve but the tea and cake proved very popular!
The Big Draw Event for Children - Friday 30th October 2009. This was a very successful event with at least 40 children and their parents joining in the drawing, cutting, sticking and painting. We decorated one of our walls with imaginatively drawn paper "bricks", made zoo pictures and wax resist pictures of pond life. The weather was good and many families enjoyed a walk around the reserve, coming back for cakes and drinks.
Art Day - Saturday 24th October 2009. The weather was pretty awful, but in spite of this a start was made on the mural and those hardy souls who came drew leaves and painted.
Open Day - Sunday 20th September 2009. Many people enjoyed a sunny autumnal visit to the nature reserve. The children had an identification sheet looking for autumnal changes - fungi, conkers, blackberries, blackthorn, changing lerf colours - and then spent happy times colouring it in and folding paper! Tea and cake enjoyed by all!
The AGM - 20th July 2009.
Environment Day - Sunday 7th June 2009. An afternoon for all the family organised jointly with the Barnet Environmental Network as part of the Love London. There were many families amongst our 300 visitors who helped us celebrate this lovely Green Place.
As well as a number of stalls by members of other environmental organisations, including London Wildlife Trust, RSPB and London21, there was a plant sale, nature trails, pond dipping, an EcoThrift Tip Hunt that took place around the reserve and Professor Barrett's "Punch & Judy Show". Mick Rand came along with his collection of renovated gardening implements. He demonstrated green woodworking on his shaving horse.
The organisers were delighted that our MP, Mrs Theresa Villiers was able to come along and also we welcomed Cllr Andrew Harper and Cllr Duncan McDonald, all of whom took time to speak to stall holders and visitors alike. Love London Green Festival Director, Christopher Harris also supported our event.
Free Family Half Term Event - Friday 29th May 2009 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
What a wonderful afternoon this was! Loads of children and parents enjoyed themselves playing outside in the nature reserve and then came inside the Countryside Centre to make kites and flags. Well done folks - they were really lovely!
There was also a fascinating exhibition about the life-cycle of silk worms. These are really caterpillars and were to be found wriggling about on mulberry leaves. Alongside were little eggs which will grow into the caterpillars, the cocoons which they will weave around themselves in a few weeks and the moths which will emerge still later.
Dawn Chorus Walk – Sunday 26 April 2009
We were so lucky to have NW London RSPB Group Leader Bob Husband leading our walk again.
Starting at 6 am gave us a wonderful Dawn Chorus experience in the daylight!
The Dawn Chorus Walk in May 2008 recorded 29 species of birds, but this year we noted 30 species if you count the kestrel we saw hovering over South Mymms.
It was a perfect morning for bird watching and listening - windless with a beautiful blue sky. Twenty of us followed Bob around the reserve. Chiff-chaffs, blackbirds, robins, great tits, blue tits and chaffinches were in abundance. We were serenaded by black-caps and teased by a cuckoo whose distinctive call was first heard far away. We listened to him as he moved closer and closer and finally onto the reserve, but then he flew off to his next perch before we could spot him! In spite of the wonderful weather it was very cold that early in the morning, so we were thankful to retreat into the Centre for pots of tea and bacon butties! Our thanks to Bob Husband and his colleague Fay Brown from the NW London RSPB Group for their expert guidance.
Spring Event - Sunday 15th March 2009 We were fortunate to choose this amazing sunny spring afternoon and many came along to enjoy tea and cake and took time to chat with the many experts we had gathered together for the occasion. the Seed Exchange proved very popular and we will endeavour to raise its profile next year! Thank you to all who helped to make this such a successful Breathing Places event.
Quiz Night - Friday 6th March 2009 A very successful fundraising evening - thank you to all who took part. Sadly, this was the swansong for Dave and his team who have put so much time and energy into organising these evenings for us for many years. We are very grateful for all their support.