The London Borough of Harrow is in the north-western corner of Middlesex and borders onto Hertfordshire in addition to the London Boroughs of Brent, Hillingdon and Barnet. The Green Belt land to the North of the Borough includes Nature Reserves such as Stanmore Common, Bentley Priory Open Space, Stanmore Country Park, Pear Wood and Harrow Weald Common. Full details of all the Harrow Nature Reserves can be found at http://www.harrowncf.org. The Borough has many interesting species of fungi, plants, invertebrates and animals. Many of the plants are indicators of ancient woodland such as wild service trees and wood sorrel while other grassland plants indicate that the land is unimproved and has not been subject to the improvements neede for modern farming.
At 153m above sea level Stanmore Common is the highest point in Middlesex. From various parts of Stanmore Hill, views can be had of central London and beyond London to Surrey and the North Downs at Epsom and Box Hill for example.
On the photographs page you can view some of the fungi and flora of the area plus views of the Nature Reserves through the seasons.
In the near future there will be a link from this page to up-to-date lists of plants and fungi recorded during 2009.
The Harrow Natural History Society was formed in 1970 with the aim of fostering interest in natural history and related subjects with particular emphasis on the flora and fauna of sites within the London Borough of Harrow. Members are active in preservation and conservation, particularly of the Harrow Green Belt and other areas of interest and beauty within the borough.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month from September to April at the Blackwell Hall, Uxbridge Road, near All Saints Church. During the winter months meetings include illustrated lectures by visiting specialist speakers and discussions and talks by members of our own Society. The Society also organises walks and visits to places of natural history interest, both local and further afield, with at least one outing every month throughout the year.
If you are interested in natural history come along to one of our Monday evening meetings at the Blackwell Hall, or join in one of the walks. You can get involved as much or as little as you like. Either way we will be pleased to see you. Subscription rates are:
If you are interested in natural history come along to one of our Monday evening meetings at the Blackwell Hall, or join in one of the walks. You can get involved as much or as little as you like. Either way we will be pleased to see you.
Subscription rates are: