Bikes, birds and butterflies

Get back to nature and enjoy a two-wheeled tour of local wildlife sanctuaries on Sunday 16 May.

ICAG together with Islington Council's Nature Conservation Team is repeating last year’s successful ‘Biodiversity Bike Ride’.

Beginning with a guided tour of the Gillespie Park local nature reserve in Highbury, we will pass along the picturesque Parkland Walk from Finsbury Park to Highgate, before ending at Barnsbury Wood. Along the way we will visit several more green spaces and nature reserves including Waterlow Park, Thornhill Square Gardens and Culpeper Community Garden.

Nature conservation experts will accompany the ride to give informed talks about local wildlife at each stop.  We start from the Islington Ecology Centre, on Drayton Park, Highbury, at 11.00am. Please bring a bike, a packed lunch and plenty of refreshments.

‘This is a leisurely ride for the whole family largely along green and safe routes,’ says Oliver Burke, Education Officer at the Ecology Centre. ‘Its a great opportunity to see the wilder side of Islington while keeping fit at the same time.’

Leading ICAG member Chris Ashby recommends the event: ‘Last year's biodiversity bike ride contained many of the things that make cycling so enjoyable. The ride visited more green spaces than you ever thought existed in our densely built borough. And the thought of a well earned drink in The Albion’s garden at the end ensured that we didn't lose anyone!’

For more information on the Biodiversity Ride, please contact:

Oliver Burke, Islington Ecology Centre

T: 020 7354 5162

Andrew Cornwell, ICAG Co-ordinator

T: 020 7359 6680