See also our Calendar page for times and locations of events.
Take a tour of Canons Park and the beautiful, private Seven Acre Lake on the Canons Park Estate
Once again the Friends of Canons Park have been invited to take part in the prestigious, London-wide Open House Weekend on Sunday 18 September 2016. Guided tours around Canons Park with a member of the Friends of Canons Park committee will last around 20 – 30 minutes and take place every hour on the hour, from 10am to 4pm (last tour).The tour will include information about the history of the park and the Canons Estate, as well as its wildlife.Visitors will be meeting at the Good Friends Café at the centre of the park.
At the same time, the Canons Park Estate has also been invited to take part in the event and will be opening the beautiful, private Seven Acre Lake to the public for guided tours on the same day.The tours will last for around 20 minutes and will be hosted by members of the CPEL committee. All are welcome and the tours, which take place every hour on the half-hour, from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last tour), will cover a basic history of the estate and some information about the wildlife around the lake.Visitors will be meeting at the Rose Garden gates to the lake.
Both tours are free, although donations to the Friends of Canons Park are always welcome!
Volunteer workdays in Canons Park
Following the success of our 2015 Litter Pick days, our Spring litter pick in the park took place this April, netting around 40 bags of litter! A summer litter pick will follow, on a date to be decided. Please do join us to pick up litter and help to make our lovely park a safer place to visit! All litter picking tools, including gloves, provided, together with light refreshments midway through the morning. We advise you to wear boots or sturdy shoes. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised by an adult.
Bird Watching Walks - see Calendar page for forthcoming dates
The Friends run a fascinating series of two-hour bird-watching walks on the first Sunday of each month, except July to September (when breeding is over and leaf-cover makes bird spotting difficult), and January (when the walk switches to the second Sunday). Led by an experienced member of the local RSPB, the walks are FREE and begin at 10am from the Donnefield Avenue entrance to the Park. No need to book, just turn up and stay as long as you like! The pace is not too fast but comfortable shoes are a must and if you have binoculars, bring them with you.
There’s a wide variety of species to be seen in the Park, including a sizeable colony of Ring–necked Parakeets. These noisy and colourful imports from the Himalayan region of India have colonised areas of the park, particularly the Spinney and can now be seen throughout the Canons Park Estate.
Other birds seen regularly include: Sparrowhawk; Kestrel; several Gulls – including Common, Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Blackbacked; Siskin; three doves, including Stock, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove; Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers; Blackcap; Pied Wagtail; Goldcrest; Robin; Blackbird; Song and Thistle Thrush; Chiff-chaff; Redwing; Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed tits; Nuthatch; Crows; several Finches, plus a variety of less common visitors including the Common Buzzard and Waxwing.