Field Meetings and Evening Talks
Our programme for our adult members is a wide-ranging one with monthly field meetings on natural history topics in the company of an expert guide. They take place on the first Saturday of each month, and are usually held at the reserve. During the winter, we have a series of evening talks at the Bluebell Centre on the first Tuesday of the month. Topics are varied but focus on different aspects of nature and natural history, with tea and coffee and a chance to chat during the evening.
Take a look at the Society calendar at the foot of this page for details of the latest events at the reserve.
Junior Members, Schools and Education Groups
For local schools and education groups, we run a thriving education programme which offers the opportunity for teaching staff to bring groups into the reserve for a session with either an environmental education or a forest school based theme.
Additionally, we have an extensive programme of natural history events at the reserve for our younger members (up to the age of 16). The Perivale Wood Rangers’ events are held on the second Saturday of each month and are supervised by trained volunteers but note, all children who come along must be accompanied by a parent or adult carer.
One Sunday in April each year, we throw open our gates to the public. Admission is from 10am and costs £1 per person. This is a day for you to view the millions of bluebells on show, to learn about the reserve and about our conservation work. Teas, coffees and cakes will be on sale in the Bluebell Centre and we will have lots of stalls for you to visit.
Day to day management of the reserve is an important part of our work and we need plenty of help! Conservation days take place at Perivale Wood on the second Sunday and the fourth Tuesday of each month. Come along if you’d like to help maintain and improve the natural features of the woodland, ponds and pastures. Tasks include coppicing, hedge laying and scrub clearing: you’ll be made welcome by our volunteer team and have the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly environment.
Science, Heritage and Research
Many of our members have a deep interest in a specific area of natural history and we encourage Society members to use the reserve for study and research. We already have a small library of our own publications on topics including the flora and lepidoptera of Perivale Wood. We also have over 60 nestboxes in the reserve which are monitored each year, and young are ringed and recorded. Ringing of birds in the wider reserve also takes place several times a year.
Members and visitors also take part in Citizen Science by recording what they see in the reserve, with results contributing to local and national records. We have been a base for Field Studies Centre training courses in observing and recording, which is work we want to extend in future.
Two archaeological digs on the site, carried out by the Perivale Wood Heritage & Archaeology Group, have provided new insights into the history of the land, and help us to see the site in the wider context of the surrounding area.