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Birds of the Heath in Spring

Discover the returning birds of the Heath in the company of expert birder Pete Mantle. Find out who has arrived from where:  chiff-chaff, willow warbler, redstart, winchat, flycatcher – if they’re there, Pete will find them…and maybe you’ll find others…

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The Dairy, Kenwood.

The Final Piece of the Jigsaw: how Kenwood House and its grounds were saved from developers.

  • 10, 17, 2023
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How Sir Arthur Crosfield and the First Earl of Inveigh succeeded in saving North London’s favourite place for a Sunday stroll.

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History of the Hampstead Heath ponds

From Medieval fish ponds to reservoirs for London to the recent controversies surrounding the dams project. All that and the chance to find out whether Winter Swimmers reallly are made of something else.

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Birds of the Heath in the Winter

With the trees leafless you have a better chance of seeing the birds of the Heath now than at any other time of year. All the usual suspects are bound to show up plus a few that might surprise you: siskin, firecrest, goldeneye – we even had a bittern stay with us for a couple …

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Laughter in the Landscape

Comedy, humour in science, films, music, local links to actors, writers, theatre and the landscape.    

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Spider Foray

Discover the original web designers!

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Constable and Hampstead

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable, from where he painted to where he is laid to rest. Exploring how features of the town and surrounding landscape of the Heath painted by Constable can still be recognised today.This is a linear walk ending at St John’s, Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row.

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Birds of the Heath in the Autumn

Despite its urban location there’s always something interesting to spot on the Heath: Bittern, Golden Oriole and Honey Buzzard have all come our way before! Nothing promised … but you never know.

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Sandy Heath and the Heath Extension

Explore the real Heath, home to Hampstead’s first settlers, a racetrack, and visual evidence of the heath’s destruction before it was saved. Then head North into the farmland beyond – now the Heath Extension.

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From Parliament Hill to Highgate: History and Landmarks

Look at this special mile with fresh eyes and learn how events taking place on the northern slope of the Thames Valley have sometimes helped shape the history of England.

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