Camley Street Natural Park: progress update

An update from Camley Street Natural Park

The last few months have been extremely busy for the team at Camley Street Natural Park. Work on our new Visitor Centre is moving very quickly indeed now! 

Our amazing volunteers have been busy with various tasks around the reserve – repairing steps, sprucing up the view point (one of our visitors favourite spots!), and managing vegetation around the reserve. We also hosted a brilliant group of corporate volunteers led by Mace. Over the course of the week, 56 volunteers spent a week on site refurbishing our pond dipping platform in order to make it safe for our little visitors to use, as well as school groups in spring next year. The tools and materials for this work were also provided to Mace, so a big thank you to them!

Keeping it Wild Trainees Charlotte and Frankie spotted a kingfisher on site at the end of September, and over the course of summer and early autumn we've seen many amazing dragonflies and damselflies. Unfortunately, due to a second lockdown, we have had to pause our practical conservation sessions again, but we're hoping to restart them soon. Dependent on whether the situation with Covid-19 calms down, we would love to open the gates to Camley Street Natural Park for our lovely visitors at the beginning of next year. We look forward to seeing you there!

Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol
Senior Site and Projects Officer 

 

Exterior of the new visitor centre, in progress

Work has been progressing with the new visitor centre. Image by Penny Dixie

Common darter close up

Common Darter picture taken by volunteer - Denzil  Gollings

Bee about to land on flower

This image was captured by volunteer  Eve Edwards

Volunteer sanding the bench at Camley Street

Sanding down the seating! Image by Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol.

A coot in the pond at Camley Street

A local coot stops by - taken by Penny Dixie

Looking onto the canal from Camley Street

Image by Penny Dixie

The fencing at Camley Street Natural Park

New fencing has been added. Image by Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol

View onto the canal and floating islands at Camley Street

Image by Penny Dixie

External view of Camley Street visitor centre

Image by Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol

Volunteers working on repairing the pond dipping platform at Camley Street

Mace volunteers repairing the pond dipping platform. Image by Penny Dixie

Volunteers working on repairing the pond dipping platform at Camley Street

Mace volunteers repairing the pond-dipping platform. Image by Penny Dixie

This project would not be possible without the generous support of our funders:

Thames Water
Camden Giving's HS2 Camden Fund
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Fidelity UK Foundation
Charles Hayward Foundation
Veolia Environmental Trust
Hedley Foundation
John Lyon's Charity
Taurus Foundation
Greater London Authority (GLA)