Could you join a team to monitor and improve biodiversity in Harrow?
The severity of the ecological and climate crises means that all of Harrow needs to contribute to alleviating and improving the situation. During the COVID lockdowns many of us have become more aware of the importance of nature and how it can be nurtured, and lift our spirits, in even the smallest corners of a busy townscape.
At present Harrow Nature Conservation Forum volunteers manage the majority of Harrow’s wild open spaces and nature reserves. We are looking to recruit a new volunteer team that will concentrate on other aspects of biodiversity in Harrow, working under the umbrella of the Harrow Heritage Trust which will provide insurance cover and admin support. Provisionally we are calling this new group “Harrow Wildlife Action”.
It would be up to the new team to decide the details of this initiative but possible roles for the team include:
Surveying the natural history of sites such as cemeteries, watercourses, parks and small forgotten bits of land
Working with Harrow Council’s biodiversity officer to organize practical working parties to improve such sites
Working with park user groups and Harrow Council to rewild parts of public parks
Giving advice and data to the Council to encourage and support it to manage its land more sensitively and introduce nature-friendly policies into planning regulations
Organizing public events to inform, educate and entertain Harrow residents about the nature on their doorsteps
Giving advice to homeowners and businesses about how they can manage their land for nature as well as humans
Establishing a strong social media presence that draws the public into talking about the nature they see
Working with Harrow Council’s biodiversity officer to update and then implement the borough’s Biodiversity Action Plan
Applying for grants to support both specific and borough-wide projects
This is a long list so the new team would have to decide on priorities and be big enough to share out roles among the members.
To learn more or discuss possibilities contact the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org.