Located just 4 miles (6 km) from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is an island of beautiful countryside, accessible to millions of people. The Heath features lesser spotted woodpeckers, bullfinches, stag beetles and grass snakes.
In 2012, The RSPB brokered a partnership with The City of London Corporation, who manages the Heath; English Heritage, owners of Kenwood House; friends group Heath Hands, and the Camden Community Consortium to run Wild About Hampstead Heath.
The overall purpose of the project is to encourage local communities to explore the natural world. They can do this by taking part in 30-minute guerrilla interpretation activities from mobile science labs, facilitated by our Wild Heath Bikes team. On one day alone, five of the 40-strong team of interpretation volunteers can engage over 300 members of the public in a range of activities. Working with three local schools, the project team have created education resources that encourage outdoor learning across a spectrum of subjects, including maths. 500 people took part in two Big Garden Birdwatch sessions, and anaphasia workshop, in association with Connect UK, generated much interest on national social media. 14 adults from the Abbey Community Centre attended a community walk and picnic.
2015 was the final summer of direct RSPB involvement, but not the end of the project. The team are about to start recording a series of podcasts and short films to compliment the interpretation. Heath Hands will be taking over the guerrilla interpretation aspect of the project from October 2015.
Wild About Hampstead Heath has been shortlisted to the final seven from 600 applicants in the ‘best environmental project’ category for the National Lottery Awards. Funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery fund, Wild about Hampstead Heath has received further support from the Weinstock Fund, the Cascia Trust, the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, the Homestead Charitable Trust, and Ceondo Ltd.
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