Elm Village Wildlife Survey 2018

EVTRA wishes to monitor and keep a record of environmental observations and changes.  We therefore invite all residents to report things of interest which they see. We are thinking of: animals, birds, insects, butterflies, trees, shrubs. flowers and plants.

Just send us a message through the website.

If you want to share photos of wildlife sightings, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (see sidebar).

You are welcome to write at length, but all we need is what was seen, a date and (rough) time and place.  

Please also give your name and a means of contact. This is so that, in the event of something of wider significance (e.g., the appearance of a badger) we can follow up and involve the appropriate agency. But we shall under no circumstances reveal or use your name and details without your permission.

Bees in Elm Village allotments by the canal

Elm Village: a bee-friendly place

Beekeeping in Elm Village allotments began in 2014 using start-up funding provided by Pfp. Two colonies of Buckfast bees, known for their quiet natures, were purchased from Fragile Plant. Peter McGinty and Helene Fawcett looked after the hives for the first couple of years, Helene having attended a self-funded course, Urban Beekeeping, run by Brian McCallum, a professional beekeeping inspector, and author of several books on beekeeping, held at Camley Street Wildlife park.

Since then the bees have been kept by Helene and Rob Small with further training provided by courses run by North London Beekeepers’ Association at the Kenwood Apiary. They are currently assisted by Tom Inman and Sophie Geoghegan, both of whom have been trained in sustainable beekeeping.

All costs associated with training courses, as well as stock, equipment and supplies are met by the beekeepers.

The beekeepers welcome interest and involvement from EVTRA members. Please contact North London Beekeepers’ Association if you are interested in training courses. Or just come and talk to us.

Lost Cat

Update 12 Oct: Cat has been reunited with owner

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A cat has gone missing in the Ploughmans Close area beside the canal gardens.

Anyone with any information please call Ellie on [number removed as cat has been found]

Jan North

With sadness we learn Jan North died in a hospice late September. She was well known to and loved by many Elm Villagers. Jan was at the centre of our musical community in particular and we shall miss her joyful singing at the annual Carols at the Con gathering. Her funeral is on 18th October and there will be a reception at the Con. For more information please contact us.

Join us! The Camley Street Harvest Festival 29th Sept

All Elm Villagers are invited . . . to the Camley Street Harvest Party:

Friday 29th September 5pm – 9pm @ Alara Wholefoods, 110-112 Camley Street N1C 4PF

Come and meet neighbours who live or work in and around Camley Street. Arrive anytime from 5 onwards but be warned – the roast disappears very fast!

There will also be news on progress with the Neighbourhood Plan – after deliberating over our financial model for a large proportion of affordable housing for several months Camden have now (literally a few days ago) asked us to prepare a ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ and we’re now already in the process of applying for a grant to get that done.

Regardless of anything though – please do come to the party on Friday – it will be great to see you there.