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  • Adam Hardy 10:13 pm on October 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Green woodpecker in Finsbury Park 

    My children spotted it first but for the first time ever I’ve seen a green woodpecker in Finsbury Park. It was wondering around on the short grass on the north side of the athletics track.

    This picture wasn’t the one we saw! But the red head and size made it unmistakeable!

    I can only imagine it got there by flying down the railway lines. My daughter says her friend often sees them in Alexandra Park.

    woodpeckerBy Charles J Sharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

    • Kate C 8:16 am on October 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I hear one occasionally in Dalmeny Park and have once seen one on Hornsey Lane so they do get around. But they don’t seem to stay here for very long.

  • Kate Calvert 5:39 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: city national parks, city parks, parks   

    More Power to Parks 



    Fedenatur founded in 1995, and EUROPARC founded in 1973, are two European organisations covering land equivalent to all of Italy and Luxemburg in city, marine and country parks.

    These ‘periurban’ parks see up to 34.000 visitors a day, and Fedenatur member parks around towns and cities serve almost 24 million people. Combining the 73 million people who visit, the 56 million who live beside and 4 million who live in parks awarded with EUROPARC’s charter for Sustainable Tourism, the members of the combined organisation are reported to serve at least 25% of the European population.



    The two organisations are now combining. Let’s hope they can pick up on the idea of national parks in cities http://www.nationalparkcity.london/  with all the benefits that would bring to air quality, mental health, and pleasure in the city.


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