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fobec-logo-150x154Barnet Environment Centre is situated on a 7.5 acre nature reserve which is a “Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation”. The Friends of Barnet Environment Centre is a registered charity which provides events for the local community and activities for schools in order to educate and inspire a lasting interest in and appreciation of the natural world. We maintain the reserve through regular volunteer work-parties and, in addition to educating schoolchildren, organise open days, children’s activities and youth projects.The nature reserve and Environment Centre are only open to the public for these events. Our recent volunteering news Keeping in Touch, schools newsletter Autumn 2019 and the Chair’s July 2019 Newsletter are all available. Our Chair has written his Annual Report 2018 to sum up what has been another marvellous year for FoBEC.

 
a field vole sheltering in the meadow Educational Year 2018-2019:
It’s been an incredible year with many wonderful wildlife encounters and an amazing 1980 children aged 3 to 18 visiting our beautiful nature reserve. These visits were supported by 385 teachers and parents who helped to make the visits run smoothly. All our programmes are curriculum linked and provide children with the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature and discover the joy of the natural world. Our sessions for youth groups have extended to include Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies, Woodcraft Folk and now, Air Scouts. Youth groups enjoy a range of activities including autumn arts and craft, pond dipping and minibeasting, star gazing and night walks, and, new for this year, bat walks. We are so happy to be able to share our nature reserve and its amazing wildlife with so many children. We hope they continue to engage with nature once they leave us and grow up with a sense of ownership of the environment and a desire to protect it. Please visit our School or Youth pages. More …

exploring the nature reserve
2019 Drop-in visits – all welcome
In response to requests from our local community, this summer of 2019, we were open to the public during the periods when volunteers were on site working in the nature reserve. These visits were envisaged as opportunities for local people to come along and self-guide through the nature reserve. There were no organised activities, but refreshments were available. Only assistance dogs were allowed on site.

open days 2019Open Days 2019
Open days are for the local community to visit the Centre, explore the nature reserve and learn a bit about our flora and fauna. The first of these was in June to coincide with the Barnet Medieval Festival and 125 visitors explored the nature reserve on their way to or from the Festival. Three other open days focused on craft activities and guided walks. The July theme was on “bees”, the September on “birds” and the October on “night-time creatures”. At each event there were many appreciative comments. For example: “The event of Friday afternoon was heaving and fabulous. Annie and I had a great time – what an amazing place – wonderful volunteers – exciting space to explore – we loved it – and great flapjacks!!!More …

One of our volunteers has done some excellent work monitoring butterflies and moths on the reserve, mainly on the One Acre Meadow. He also took some beautiful photographs of them. The results of his survey and photographs can be seen on his website. Please click here to see these in a new window.

NAclear_logo_40mmThe nature reserve site and Environment Centre are owned by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. More …