Our Projects
Volunteer Day clearing GCN ponds on Horsenden Hill with Ealing park ranger Jon Staples (photo: Sean McCormack)

As EWG we’ve been involved in some great projects. In this section, you can see more details about them – both past and ongoing. Some will have a small team working on them. For others like our new nature reserve, we’re going to need all the help we can get! If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, the best way to get involved is to sign up for our volunteering newsletter here.

Because we’re a voluntary group and committee members all have full-time jobs, we are limited in the number and scope of projects we can take on at any one time. Therefore we regret that we will have to say no to requests, on occasion.

Sometimes people ask us to come and do bat surveys in private gardens or on sites of proposed developments for planning objections. We are not licensed bat surveyors, therefore we can’t accommodate most of these.

We aim to focus our efforts where we’ll have the most impact for wildlife, biodiversity and the local community. We’re simply passionate wildlife fans doing the best we can. 

If you would like to help EWG continue the great work we’ve been doing then you can do so by donating here.

Hedgehog Highways

Hedgehog Highways

We are making better connected habitat for our hedgies!

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Our Nature Reserve

EWG@Costons Lane Nature Reserve

We took and abandoned and flooded allotment site and turned it into a nature reserve in Greenford!

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beavers

Bringing Beavers Back!

We are excited to announce that we intend to apply for a license from Natural England to reintroduce Eurasian beavers to Ealing in a controlled enclosure trial at Paradise Fields in North Greenford.

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Harvest Mice

Harvest Mice

We’ve recently kicked off our ‘Rewilding Ealing’ initiative with the reintroduction of locally extinct and nationally threatened species, the diminutive Harvest Mouse.

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owls

Help an Ealing Owl!

This project’s overall focus is to help more owls breed in Ealing. We hope to promote a better mosaic of diverse grassland habitats across the borough – bringing wider benefits for all manner of biodiversity.

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Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

We are committed to protecting birds of prey and other flagship species that will be impacted by building and development in Ealing.

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Kingfisher Banks on the Brent

Kingfisher Banks on the Brent

EWG in collaboration with the Council parks team and Brent River and Canal Society are installing artificial kingfisher nest tubes & nesting banks in a few key locations.

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swifts

Save our Swifts!

We crowd funded over £11,000 to purchase 150 swift nest boxes, calling systems to attract them to the new boxes, and the services of a local contractor to install them.

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School Outreach

School Outreach

EWG wants to engage with Ealing children about nature in as many ways as possible and nuture their innate fascination with nature and wildlife.

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Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation

The objective of the Bat Conservation Project is to transform a neglected area of Brent River Park (Boles Meadow) to create a good habitat for bats to live and feed.

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Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newt

Ealing’s GCN 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.

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Water Vole Survey

Water Vole Survey

We are surveying key sites in Ealing, looking for the presence of water voles for a two year survey that feeds into the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) water vole monitoring programme.

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