Cattle Egret — a new bird for the Welsh Harp in 2018

Part way along the footpath between Cool Oak Lane and the WHCG’s hides, the view opens out to offer a panorama along and across the reservoir. Early on 18 September, Andrew Self, a regular Welsh Harp birder, reached this point and noticed a small white heron roosting in one of the large willows that overhang … More Cattle Egret — a new bird for the Welsh Harp in 2018

New update of Brent Reservoir facts and figures document

A new fourth edition of Birds of Brent Reservoir: Facts & Figures is now available to be viewed at, or downloaded from, the Publications page of this website. The 30-page PDF document, prepared by Andrew Self, is correct up to April 30th 2018. Among the more interesting records added for 2017 were three Avocet on May … More New update of Brent Reservoir facts and figures document

Autumn Bird Count — 1st September 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018 is this year’s date for the annual dawn-to-dusk Autumn Bird Count organised by the Welsh Harp Conservation Group. The aim of the day is to find as many species of bird as possible. These will include year-round resident species plus lingering summer visitors, assorted passage migrants and early winter visitors. In … More Autumn Bird Count — 1st September 2018

Five species recorded during bat walk

Five species of bat were detected during the WHCG’s annual bat walk, which took place this year on 22 August. The five were Common Noctule, Leisler’s Bat (Lesser Noctule), Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle and Nathusius’ Pipistrelle. Only two other species, Daubenton’s Bat and Serotine, have ever been detected at the Welsh Harp.  The most prominent … More Five species recorded during bat walk

Beyond the pale

Unusual birds at Brent Reservoir recently have included two pale-plumaged female Mallard and an even paler non-native duck. The two pallid Mallard might best be described as isabelline, but Brent Birders have dubbed them “blondies”. Plumage like theirs is commonly referred to as leucistic. This word is often used as an umbrella term for a … More Beyond the pale

First breeding success for Grey Heron at the Welsh Harp

For the first time, Grey Heron have bred successfully at the Welsh Harp. On 3rd May 2018, a newly fledged juvenile was seen perched in a waterside wooded area where at least two pairs of heron had built nests earlier this spring. A few days later, two juvenile heron were seen in front of the … More First breeding success for Grey Heron at the Welsh Harp

Have your say on the future of West Hendon Playing Fields

Barnet Council is currently consulting on the future of West Hendon Playing Fields, which make up a large proportion of the open space at the Welsh Harp. In particular, the council is seeking views on “the development and creation of a sports hub with associated community facilities”.  Through an online survey, people who visit the … More Have your say on the future of West Hendon Playing Fields