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Woodberry Wetlands - Spring 2017

Events preview

OPENED by London Wildlife Trust on May 1, 2016, Woodberry Wetlands celebrates its first birthday as a wildlife reserve for public enjoyment this spring.

Spanning 11 hectares encircling Stoke Newington’s East Reservoir, this incredible oasis of natural serenity set amongst reed-fringed ponds and woodland is an important habitat for an array of resident, migrating and rare bird species.

The site is also home to the Grade II listed Coal House which underwent major restoration works to return it to its original grandeur as part of the campaign. This former coal store and kitchen is now home to the celebrated Coal House Café and visitor centre.

Following the success of last year’s programme and as part of an ongoing campaign to fundraise for the upkeep of the reserves, Woodberry Wetlands will host another summer long series of educational workshops, guided wildlife walks and well being classes and outdoor activities.

SPRING EVENTS

Dawn Chorus Breakfast – Guided Bird Walk and Breakfast – Saturday, April 15 and Saturday May 20 from 5am to 8am. For ages 14+. Price: £16.50 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/walks/dawn-chorus/

At the height of the migration season, experience the wetlands’ magnificent birdsong orchestra as the sun rises up over the reeds and the rest of London is still under their duvets.

Foraging for Wild Food and Medicines – Saturday, May 20 from 10am – 12:30pm. For ages 16+. Price: £29.50 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/workshops/foraging/

Whether you would like to forage for personal enjoyment or learn it as a ‘survival’ skill, this walk will give you a taste of the basic guidelines you will need to follow in locating, collecting and preparing wild foods and medicines.

Wild Yoga – Every Thursday from May 25 to September 14. For ages 16+. Price: £10 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/wild-yoga/

Back by popular demand, Wild Yoga returns to Woodberry Wetlands for the summer months. Practising yoga amongst the wildlife within this picturesque waterside setting is an incredible way to connect mind, body and spirit with the natural world.

Exploring the Habitats of Bats and Nocturnal Wildlife – Guided Walk – Friday, May 26 from 9pm – 11pm. For ages 16+. Price: £16.50 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/walks/bats/

During this fascinating guided experience under the cloak of darkness, you will learn about the species of bat and other nocturnal wildlife that make their homes at Woodberry Wetlands.

An Introduction to Beekeeping – Saturday, June 3 from 10am – 3pm. For ages 16+. Price: £69.50 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/workshops/beekeeping/.

Interested in keeping bees, but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started? This one-day workshop will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping.

Patterns in Nature – Drawing and Printmaking Workshop – Saturday, June 10 from 10am – 3pm. For ages 14+. Price: £59.50 + booking fee. www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/events/workshops/patterns-in-nature/

Open to artists of all abilities with a passion for nature, this dynamic workshop combines the disciplines of drawing and printmaking, using the natural world as its subject matter.

All profits from the events run at Woodberry Wetlands are invested into London Wildlife Trust’s conservation work and the ongoing care of its nature reserves.

To find out more about Woodberry Wetlands visit www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk/about/.