AGM, followed by a talk on how technology can help us secure the future of our wildlife and bring it closer to the community. Plus plenty of time to chat and enjoy the buffet.
Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 7.00 - 9.30 St Aidan's Primary School, Stapleton Hall Road. (MAP)
Your attendance is important to us, not only so that we have the numbers to conduct an AGM (we couldn't last year) but also so we can hear your views on all things Parkland Walk and you can question us if necessary. But even if you can't make it, you can still help by sending us your vote - see 'voting' below.
To keep the business part of the meeting as short as possible the Officer's Reports will not be read out at the meeting so that more time is available for discussion and for our guest speaker. The Agenda, Committee report and a Financial statement and changes to Rules / Standing Orders we have adopted can be accessed from the link below under Agenda.
The business part of the meeting begins at 7.30 Click here to view the Agenda, Committee Report, Financial and Membership Report, the Changes to Rules and Standing Orders and the Minutes of the last AGM
Finger food, wine and soft drinks will be served. There will be opportunities to chat before the business part of the meeting and after our guest speaker.
Technology for Nature?
An illustrated talk by Professor Kate Jones
Wild nature and natural ecosystems are declining rapidly as humans use more of the earth’s resources and change climate patterns. Thanks to the growth of networks of citizen scientists and new sensor technology such as animal movement tags, camera traps and passive acoustic sensors, scientists studying the impact of anthropogenic change now have access to huge amounts of data about our changing environment and declining wildlife populations.
Professor Kate Jones will review some of the latest advances in sensors used to monitor wildlife. Kate argues that although technological advances have undoubtedly contributed to the over-exploitation of natural resources and decline of wild nature, technology can also help us to better understand the natural world and to further engage people with their environment.
Owner submits new Construction Management Plan to use the Parkland Walk as access for heavy lorries.
The owner of 3 Francis Place has submitted a new Construction Management Plan in support of his intention to develop a small former railway cottage nestling in Parkland Walk
Despite covenants in the deeds to the property that should make this plan unimplementable, the owner is going ahead and hopes to undo many legal restrictions by entering into a licence agreement with Haringey Council.
For more information on this and how you can object, please go to our 'Planning and development' page where you can view the Construction Management Plan, our objections, a copy of a letter of objection submitted by the former Conservation Officer for Haringey, David Bevan, and links to the Haringey Planning Portal where you can lodge an objection.
Article: Evening Standard
Article: Mail Online
Friends to receive £10,000 grant from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative to develop a nature Trail on the Walk
You can read more on the project on our Nature Trail page
View our Prospectus document as a pdf
We want to hear your ideas
Conservation and nature quiz
How good is your knowledge on nature and conservation? Answers at the bottom.
Q1 The best way to help wildflowers is to improve the soil with good compost. True or false?
Q2 The UK has lost how much of its wildflower meadows in the last 100 years? Is it a) 48%, b) 73% or c) 97%
Q3 How long can an earthworm live? Is it a) Up to 2 years, b) Up to 8 years or c) Up to 14 years
Q4 Haringey is rich with parks and woodlands, but part of the Parkland Walk is in the borough of Islington which is not so blessed. How much of Islington is private gardens? Is it a) 5%, b)15%, or c) 25%
Q5 One of the best things you can do for wildlife is? a) Make a pond, b) Make an 'insect hotel' or c) Hang bird feeders
Q6 The most common species of bat in the UK is about the size of a tennis ball? True or false?
Conservation and nature answers
Q1 False: Wildflower meadows thrive best on nutrient-poor soil. Often people dump their garden waste onto the nature reserve thinking it is helping. In fact the opposite is true as wildflowers will not establish. All garden rubbish is best disposed of through green waste collection.
Q2 The UK has lost 97% of its meadows. This change is reflected in the Parkland Walk which was formerly almost entirely meadow. Meadow and low scrub provides rich and varied habitats for flora and fauna hence our projects to create more glades and open areas.
Q3 Q1 C, Earthworms can live up to 14 years and breed every 2 weeks. They are 1000 times stronger than humans (comparatively speaking). In the UK, the longest earthworms get to 30cm. In South Africa, it is a staggering 22 metres!
Q4 Q2 C again. It's 25%, making gardens a very important part of green space in Islington. All gardens play an important role in providing haven for nature's creatures - planting and gardening with wildlife in mind brings an extra dimension to your patch of nature.
Q5 A, A pond, or even a bucket of water sunk into the ground is one of the best things you can do for wildlife. Freshwater habitats hold more than 40% of the world's known species.
Q6 FALSE. The pipistrelle bat is about 4cms long, so it's nearer a ping pong ball and would fit in a matchbox.