THE IMPORTANT JOB OF RECORDING WILDLIFE & PLants AT WARREN FARM

Last updated on 14/06/2019

Make a difference by recording nature for future generations.

WHO ARE GiGL?

 Greenspace Information for Greater London – in a nutshell, they are the capital’s environmental records centre. They hold recorded data of local wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, amphibians, mammals, fish, plants and trees. This is the data that underpins our knowledge of London’s natural environment.

This vital knowledge is shared with GiGL’s partners, such as Ealing Council, to help the council make informed decisions about what policies and practice they need to put in place to protect wildlife and the environment for the benefit of the planet and the residents who live in the area. For example, if Ealing Council wish to grant planning permission on a piece of land, then GiGL is one of the first places the council will approach to see what wildlife has been recorded as living there before they make any big planning decisions.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO WARREN FARM?

As of May 2019, Warren Farm has zero recordings of any wildlife living on the land. But the reality is that Warren Farm is bursting with nature! Some of which are under serious threat from the re-development. Bats – Skylarks – Barn Owls –  Little Owls – Red Kites – Kestrels – Just to name a few of the birds. All can currently be seen on Warren Farm.
But on the records that count, they do not exist!

The good news though is that this can be easily fixed, as both members of the public and experts can submit data on any Warren Farm wildlife they have spotted to GiGL. And it’s easy!

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO SUBMIT A WILDLIFE OR PLANT FINDING TO GiGL?

All GiGL need to know is:

  • WHAT IS IT? (The name of the bird / insect / creature you spotted!)
  • WHEN DID YOU SEE IT? (Date and time)
  • WHERE IS IT EXACTLY? (Name the site i.e. Warren Farm. And provide the GPS coordinates.)

Finding GPS coordinates is simple! Click on this link – https://gridreferencefinder.com/ Type in postcode ‘UB2 4NF’. Warren farm is to the right of this postcode. Right click on the map roughly where you spotted the creature you wish to record. The GPS coordinates will be shown to you. They will look like this – Grid Reference ‘TQ 14803 79371’. That’s it!

HOW CAN I MAKE THE WILDLIFE FINDING SUBMISSION?

1.     Over the phone (best for one off finds!)

2.     Via email (best for 1 or 2 finds!)

3.     Online recording form (best for multiple wildlife finds!)
Maria Longley (Community Mgr) 0207 803 4285

Benjamin Town (Community Officer) 0207 803 4277

maria.longley@gigl.org.uk

Benjamin.town@gigl.org.uk

www.gigl.org.uk/submit-records

OKAY I’M IN! WHAT BIRDS CAN I GO AND SPOT ON WARREN FARM?

Skylarks. Barn Owls. Little Owls. Kestrels. Red Kites. Swallows. Blue tits. Coal tits. Gold Finches. Wood pigeons. Crows. Jay birds. Starlings. Sparrows. Woodpeckers. And many more! (Including the Mallard who built a nest in the tree!) You will also spot different breeds of ducks, geese, herons and water fowl flying overhead to reach the canal. How lucky are we! And that is just the birds.

AM I REALLY GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

 Yes! The creatures are unable to record their own existence. It is down to humans like you and us to do that for them – small individual efforts can collectively make a big difference.

 If you would like to mention Katie or cc her into any GiGL emails with your wildlife spottings please feel free to do so. Also if you’d like to find out more or come skylark spotting with one of our team drop us a line.

Thank you for taking part!

Katie Boyles
Great4Nature@gmail.com
Adam Marks
adam@hanwellnature.com

COME AND VISIT WARREN FARM

There are 3 different entrances to explore.

  • THE FOX PUB, GREEN LANE – great food and drink. Dog and child friendly pub. Involves a beautiful walk over the canal (Hanwell Lock 96). Through a small meadow with a little river. Across a railway line. And over an iron gate! Car parking and bicycle stands are available. Postcode W7 2PJ.

  • WINDMILL LANE – what is the original entrance and car park. Also good access for bicycles. This entrance brings you directly into Warren Farm. There is a padlocked gate but you can park on the driveway leading up to it. Postcode UB2 4NE.
  • TRUMPERS WAY – Car parking available. You walk across a railway line. Through the gate (please ensure you close the gate behind you as it helps stop horses potentially wandering onto the track!). Walk straight ahead and you’ll spot an entrance into Warren Farm just through the wire fencing on your right. You’ll be greeted by a small circle of trees! Postcode W7 2QD.

You can also walk or cycle through Elthorne Park and head down Trumpers Way to reach Warren Farm.

  • WINDMILL LANE’S 2nd ENTRANCE – Accessible by foot and bicycle only – in the far corner of Warren Farm. A short walk from the lovely child and dog friendly Hare & Hounds pub (TW7 5PR) and Osterley, a Wyevale Garden Centre with café (TW7 5PR).

***Please note that wheelchair and buggy access to Warren Farm is sadly very limited due to the site having been left in disrepair for so long. It would be wonderful if Warren Farm’s nature was inexcusably accessible to all – so if you are a wheelchair user who would like to see the nesting skylarks please drop katie or Adam an email and we will try our absolute best to make it happen.***

YOUR NATURE SURVEY CHECKLIST

The weather is glorious the sky larks are singing their hearts out so get on up there and hear for yourself.

  • Grab friends and family copy and paste the links above in an email to yourself and save to your phone.  So you have the information to hand and can add sightings as you see them.
  • Spot wildlife – there is so much to see.
  • Enjoy the stunning surroundings.
  • Have fun – Breath deeply and relax!
  • Please keep dogs on a lead and away from the ground nesting birds their freelance inquisitive attention is highly threatening to ground nesting birds.
  • Kindly take your rubbish with you.
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9 Comments

  1. 13/05/2019
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    I will be going down there this week end, its the most magical place, I can’t believe this is happening, taking my children down and will spot and report birds. Thank you so much for helping this space with an alternative view. We need to get behind saving this land for the future generations.

    • James Larkin
      12/05/2019
      Reply

      This site is rich in potential for conservation, environmental, and leisure projects. It is the Borough’s largest neutral-tending-to acidic grassland site. Most of the grassland is fine-leaved acid grassland dominated by grass species such as common bent, squirrel-tail fescue and red fescue with herbs such as cat’s-ear, yarrow, common bird’s-foot-trefoil and lesser stitchwort. Like many people, I think of grass as grass! But when the grasses are allowed to flower and set seed the differences between species are really obvious and fun to identify. And, of course, they provide food for insects, birds and small mammals that in turn support larger bird and mammal species. I can’t think of many spaces as interesting, and as biologically diverse as this. The Brown Argus butterflies were everywhere across Warren Farm last Summer. I never see this butterfly in my garden.

      • Sarah Booth
        30/05/2019
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        I will be going down there this week end, its the most magical place, I can’t believe this is happening, taking my children down and will spot and report birds. Thank you so much for helping this space with an alternative view. We need to get behind saving this land for the future generations.

  2. 19/05/2019
    Reply

    At least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.

    The Convention about Life on Earth, Convention on Biodiversity web site
    Not one good argument exists for destroying Warren Farm to build on it.

  3. 20/05/2019
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    Popped down there this morning, and saw lots of people photographing nature and recording the skylarks singing at the top of their little voices, there are so many more than last year, they are established now and this is there 3rd year breeding there. The only Skylarks in the whole of the borough! It was uplifting and a very positive start to my day, we are so lucky to have this space, to enjoy. Thoroughly recommend starting your day on Warren Farm, or ending a stressful days work taking a long walk, followed by a tasty snack at The Fox.

  4. Clementine Shevlin
    13/06/2019
    Reply

    We will go down there and record at the weekend. I had no idea there was so much wildlife there. It would be such a shame to lose this land. Great website and thanks for the continued fight to help save the land.

  5. Eric Leach
    22/07/2019
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    I attended the meeting in Warren Farm yesterday. I was truly humbled by the people, the facts revealed and the determination of those advocating, organising and making this stand against environmental vandalism. 61 acres of pure countryside just minutes away from sites of tower building urban madness. I intend to walk in Warren Farm now every day. Thank you so much.

  6. Jean Fitzpatrick
    30/08/2019
    Reply

    Warren Farm is a priceless asset.
    As the world is more concerned than ever about rhe environment we need to treasure this wonderful space even more.

  7. Colin Lomas
    30/08/2019
    Reply

    Hanwell Nature have produced a marvelous campaigning website. Well done to the whole team.I It should be compulsory viewing for the whole council.

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