The area covered by London North BTO region roughly approximates to the areas of Greater London to the north of the Thames, and also includes Borehamwood and Hadley Wood (Hertfordshire) and South Ockendon and Aveley (Essex), as well as Crossness which lies south of the Thames.
As you would expect, the majority of the area is urban and well-populated, but it contains a number of well-watched sites including Wormwood Scrubs, Regent’s Park, Brent Reservoir, Walthamstow Reservoirs, King George V Reservoir, Wanstead Park, Dagenham Chase and the Ingrebourne Valley. Several bird-watching groups are active in the area including the London Bird Club (part of the London Natural History Society) and the East London Birders Forum (ELBF). Information about recent bird sightings can be found on the London Birders Wiki and also on the ELBF website.
Many BTO volunteers take part in surveys in the region. The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a particularly important survey in London North, as Greater London is a government region for which individual species trends are reported. Since the survey began in 1994, BBS participation in London North and the adjacent London South regions has grown to cover more than 100 squares and we are now able to report London trends for 24 species. More participants would enable us to maintain or increase the number of squares covered so that London trends can be produced for more species. There are BBS squares still available across most of London North region, but volunteers in the following areas would be particularly welcome: Wembley/Willesden, Hendon, Barnet/Hadley Wood, Leyton, Barking, Dagenham and Rush Green.