Young Naturalists Guide Councillors Around Warren Farm

Tour part of their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

Young Naturalists Guide Councillors Around Warren Farm
Daniel and Rowan with some of their guests


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January 17, 2023

Two pupils at Elthorne Park High School conducted a tour of nature reserves at Warren Farm and neighbouring Long Wood for a group of Ealing councillors. Daniel Brasier and Rowan Watkins planned the event as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme and the school’s Eco Club. They invited councillors from the wards that border on Warren Farm Nature Reserve, Norwood Green and Hanwell Broadway, and those on the council’s Regrow, Rewild, Recycle, Scrutiny Committee.

Young naturalists Daniel and Rowan, both in Year 9, explained the importance of green space and carbon capture and talked the councillors through the wide variety of species found in the area, from the Copse Bindweed, the first to be found in Middlesex for 300 years as verified by Kew Garden, to the Red Listed Skylarks who successfully breed in the meadow at Warren Farm and are the only Skylark population in Ealing.

The walk took in the whole area of Warren Farm, from Long Wood in the south, up to the border of the Imperial College land and on to the 160-year-old oak tree by the railway. During the walk Red Kites and Kestrels were seen and there was even a surprise visit from Lapwings.

Reflecting on the day, Daniel said, “I feel that the walk went well and the Councillors enjoyed learning about nature and biodiversity. It was good that they saw the Lapwings seeing the vision of what Warren Farm could be with Local Nature Reserve designation and the rare species it can uphold.

“Some of the Councillors had never been to Warren Farm even though they live within walking distance. They have seen the birds and now will come to Warren Farm to see how it progresses over the seasons.”

Rowan added, “We were so lucky to be blessed with a wonderful display of wildlife for the councillors, who seemed so positive about the whole experience; and it was great to be able to talk to them about the importance of Warren Farm to wildlife and local people. The wildlife was so kind by coming out and showing its potential to grow and flourish. Warren Farm holds immense biodiversity and natural beauty which both contribute to local and global sustainability. It is also a peaceful place for all local people to ‘just be’. It’s so nice that even in the rain there will be people running, walking with friends and family or taking their dogs on walks.

“Warren Farm is like home away from home to me and many others. Having the opportunity to share that with the councillors was really special. It was an opportunity to share my love for the area and it was an opportunity to help secure its future.

“As it’s a reasonably new site, there is always something new and exciting to find. For example, on our recent walk we saw groups of Lapwings feeding and resting in the fields - this was the first time I have seen this on Warren Farm.”

Despite the cold and wet weather, the students engaged their audience with their knowledge of nature and the environment. As Hanwell Broadway’s Councillor Monica Hamidi remarked, “Rowan and Daniel’s passion and excitement for the environment kept us warm on the walk. Their true dedication to nature really showed.”

Rewilding Committee vice chair, Councillor Athena Zissimos added, “Warren Farm on a frosty Sunday morning was a magical place, full of life in the midst of the freezing cold, icy water running clear, statuesque seed pods, tall trees, a green open space, with peregrines and the ever present skylarks flying above and voles below. Our enthusiastic young guides in Rowan and Daniel pointed out all that there was to see, and there was so much to see, all brought to life by their never ending enthusiasm for the nature around them. So very unexpected in this tiny pocket of Ealing”

The Warren Farm Nature Reserve campaign group is planning similar walks and events next year to engage and inform local politicians and decision-makers about the site.

Brent River & Canal Society trustee and Warren Farm Nature Reserve campaign organiser Katie Boyles said, “At 13 years old, Daniel and Rowan have grown up visiting and learning about Warren Farm as this incredible place for wildlife. They shared with our local councillors their joy of spotting hunting Barn Owls, singing Skylarks and seed-eating visiting Stonechats, the importance of keeping bird and moth records, as well as their concerns for their future and the Climate Emergency. Their passion and knowledge was hugely impressive and inspiring, and it is fair to say we are learning as much from them as they are from us! From writing the councillor’s invitation, planning the Winter Walk route, answering questions from councillors, sharing their well-researched wildlife facts and creating a leaflet to give to the councillors to take home; the walks were a fantastic environmental volunteering achievement – we need more Daniel’s and Rowan’s in the world!

“We are delighted they chose Warren Farm Nature Reserve for their Winter Walk and we are thankful to our local councillors who attended, in the chilly weather no less, to contribute to Daniel and Rowan’s Duke of Edinburgh award and school Eco Club nature activities.”

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