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Ealing Wildlife Group (EWG) is a volunteer-run donation-funded Constituted Community Group that focuses on community involvement to protect local wildlife through education, conservation and collaboration, preserving the natural spaces and species in the London Borough of Ealing.
We provide an inclusive community of like-minded individuals who are all passionate about nature, keen to learn more about it and understand the importance of active conservation.
With several conservation projects happening throughout the Borough, including our own urban nature reserve in Greenford, we provide the opportunity for locals to get involved.
Relying on citizen science, our dedicated volunteers, local experts and amateur naturalists collect and submit data on the biodiversity of species across Ealing.
There is no formal or paid membership, so getting involved is simple. Join our very active Facebook Group, sign up for our newsletter and see our Events page for volunteer days, educational and fun activities, and community and social events.
What's Happening this Month
This is a very important survey, as it will be the first one done after releasing Harvest Mice at Marnham Fields in May 2023, so join us to be a citizen scientist for the afternoon to find out if our reintroduced harvest mice are holding their own!
We’ll teach you how to look for their distinctive nests in suitable habitats which is one of the only reliable ways we can monitor their progress over time.
Suitable for all the family, and we love to see kids get involved but it does involve methodical, patient surveying and walking through sensitive meadow habitats as a team without damaging the site. Hence it might be more suitable for children of 8 and over, but we will rely on parental discretion.
Meet at 13:00 by the gate on the bend where Marnham Crescent joins Millet Road, Greenford, UB6 9SL. On-street parking is available on both Marnham Crescent and Millet Road; please take care not to don’t block any driveways or gate access. We will then walk through to the meadow for our survey.
Please wear weather-suitable clothing and comfortable footwear suitable for rough and muddy terrain.
NB – All under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Beavers in Ealing! It’s really happening!
We are excited to have been granted our license from Natural England to reintroduce Eurasian Beavers to Ealing in a controlled enclosure at Paradise Fields, Greenford! This is a joint project between Ealing Wildlife Group (EWG), Ealing Council, Citizen Zoo and Friends of Horsenden Hill, supported by experts at the Beaver Trust and part-funded by the Mayor of London’s Rewild London 2 Fund.
Watch the Peregrines live 24/7!
Our Current Conservation Projects
We are bringing beavers back to Ealing! Weare partnering with Citizen Zoo, The Beaver Trust, Friends of Horsenden hill, and Ealing Council to develop an enclosed area in Paradise Fields for the beavers that will be accessible to the public.
Find out what you can do in your own garden to help Britain's favourite but also one of it's most endangered animals! Connect your neighbourhood gardens with a hedgehog highway and we can help!
We turned an abandoned and neglected urban space into a nature reserve! The space was an allotment site that was abandoned almost 25 years ago due to flooding. We have installed a educational hub, paths, a hide, ponds and wetlands, and a teaching wildlife garden!
Harvest Mice are back in Ealing after 40 years! We have partnered with Calderglen Zoo, Battersea Children’s Zoo and their sister zoo, New Forest Wildlife Park,, and derek Gow to bring Harvest Mice back to Ealing as well as starting our own breeding program!
Our swift champions are giving these amazing birds a home! We are installing hundreds of swift boxes on private homes and public building throughout Ealing. Would you like to help create a Swift nesting haven and turn your street into a Swift Street?
Ealing has a few sites where these newts cling on. Unfortunately, their habitats are degrading in value and suitability for breeding as old ponds become overgrown and neglected. We are committed to protecting those habitats by improving their quality.
Improving habitat for our 7 species of bats, as well as recording vital data about our bat population. We have several bat walks over the season (late spring through early autuimn) at various locations around Ealing. You can do some citizen science, learn about these fascinating animals, and have loads of fun this summer!
In 2020 a pair of Peregrines took up residence on top of Ealing Hospital in Southall. The hospital allowed us to instal a nest box and in 2022 they nested sucessfully and produced three chicks! We now have a 24/7 camera installed to follow their journey in 2023!
Our owl nestbox and habitat management project to attract Barn Owls, and help our Little and Tawny Owls thrive in Ealing! We now have Barn Owls' breeding in Ealing and our other owl species are doing very well!