Birdwatching at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Launch Day for the Birds of Greenwich Peninsula logbook was held at the Ecology Park, a place I had last visited in January when it looked decidedly wintery and grey. Yesterday’s weather could have been better…but then again, it could have been worse, and the clouds thankfully got the sleet out of their system before the 4pm start.

I wandered down to the Ecology Park, and got to see my artwork on the hoardings, which was pretty amazing!

The logbooks were on display in the classroom., and this was the first time many people had seen them for real, so it was great to get feedback and see people’s reactions. Lots of reflections on similarity to the I-Spy books of yore, which many of us had as youngsters.

It was breezy in the hides, but there were some knowledgable birders on hand and binoculars available to borrow, so I had to keep reminding myself I was actually there to sort of work not just hang out in the hide watching the Sand Martins scooting over the scrub, bathing Goldfinches, and a handsome Grey Wagtail.

I ticked off 13 species in my logbook, and saw another 10 that I recorded in the Notes & Sketches pages at the back. Not bad for a couple of hours! it was great to have the chance to chat about the logbooks with the residents and visitors.

My final list for the day is here:

  • Grey Heron
  • Goldfinch
  • Canada Goose
  • Reed Bunting
  • Magpie
  • Reed Warbler
  • Chiffchaff
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Mallard
  • Starling
  • Feral Pigeon
  • Little Grebe
  • Cormorant
  • Greylag Goose
  • Moorhen
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Sand Martin
  • Coot
  • Cetti’s Warbler
  • Redstart
  • Robin
  • Blue Tit
  • Carrion Crow

If you are in the Greenwich area, do visit the Ecology Park (and buy a logbook!) and come along to our Sketching Workshop on 10th June. The logbooks are available to buy at the NOW Gallery, and we have a stand at the Urban Village Fete on 14th May.

This has been such an interesting and fulfilling project for me, as the logbooks are designed to encourage people to observe the birds around them in a welcoming and accessible way, as I know a lot of people feel that birdwatching is only the preserve of middle-aged men! Once you get your eye in to the bird personalities in your area, it can bring a connection to nature that is so valuable and heartening. I really hope these little pocketbooks will kickstart or rekindle an interest in birds for both residents and visitors.

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