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 Winter 2018-2019 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 2017-2018: It was an amazing year with many challenges. This year 1663 children aged 3 to 18 attended with 472 wonderful adults and teachers. A big thanks for all the parents, teachers and staff who came along to help out with the school visits. Your help is essential and much appreciated.

As well as our excellent Education manager, Caroline Gellor, we have a new field teacher, Sam McCabe, to help with the tremendous number of visits. Sam has proved to be a great asset and he has enjoyed his teaching so much this year that he has agreed to stay on. We are all delighted. Sam has great experience and is a woodland and forest garden specialist. 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.

sowing seeds on the meadowAutumn Open Days 2018
Three great events took place this autumn. A section of our meadow had been cleared ready for wildflowers and during the 23 September open day children were able to sow seeds donated through the Kew’s Grow Wild initiative. On 13 October our annual volunteering Make a Difference Day (MADD) tackled the conversion of the rather dilapidated donkey shed into a bird hide by re-felting the roof, replacing some of the woodwork, creating observation windows, levelling the surface within the building and creating a safe access route. “Imaginary Creatures” was the theme for a half-term children’s craft event. There were numerous inventive creations by the 61 children during an afternoon of colouring, modelling, sticking and cutting out. Face painting and an activity to explore the nature reserve also took place. 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 …