Ealing Wildlife Group is an inclusive community of locals interested in nature and wildlife in the Borough of Ealing and beyond. We share knowledge, sightings, and photos, seek advice, lobby local authorities and developers, organise educational events, arrange outings and celebrate the wonderful wildlife we share our surroundings with.

Barn Owl
Barn owl (photo: Nigel Bewley)

Our overall aim is to build a community of like-minded individuals. We are all passionate about nature, keen to learn more and all see the value in actively conserving it.

Relying on citizen science we are a dedicated group of volunteers, local experts and amateur naturalists. We collect and submit data on biodiversity in Ealing.

History

Sean McCormack set up EWG in 2016. Sean is a vet and lifelong naturalist, he has a passion for wildlife conservation and education. After someone enquired about bats in the Hanwell Viaduct, Sean asked if there was any interest in educational bat walks in the borough. Following an overwhelming response from keen locals, EWG Facebook Group was formed and Summer bat walks became the first activity.

Since 2016, EWG has grown steadily in membership. We have secured funding for several community environmental projects and launched a highly successful wildlife photography competition and public exhibition. The main hub of activity and discussion remains the Facebook group. Here members can truly appreciate the diversity of wildness on our doorstep through others’ observations and posts.

Sean McCormack BSc (Hons), MVB, MRCVS

Sean McCormack (photo: Kimberley Miller)

Sean McCormack is incredibly passionate about community and nature. Growing up in Co. Kildare, Sean spent his childhood obsessed by birds, bugs and plants – a self-confessed nature nerd.

Dreaming of being a vet, Sean completed a degree in Animal Science followed by Veterinary Medicine, in Dublin. Once qualified, Sean spent 6 years working in various domestic and exotic pet practices and saw him move to Ealing.

Sean combines his passion and extensive knowledge of the natural world to lead EWG – guiding through education and conservation. He has links with many conservation organisations across the UK which enables Ealing to play a part in wider, national studies and programmes.

Sean has a wonderful podcast, ‘Sean’s Wild Life’. In it, he talks with guests to explore biodiversity, conservation, environment and our connections with nature.

Guests include; Zoologist and Broadcaster, Jules Howard; Conservationist, Broadcaster and author of Curlew Moon, Mary Colwell, plus Knepp ‘White Stork’ Project Officer, Lucy Groves.