UCL PALS Green Impact Team Visit Hackney Marshes
14 November 2021
UCL PALS Green Impact Team walk Hackney marshes as a sustainability initiative
On 9th November 2021, 11 members of the UCL PALS Green Impact Team walked 6 miles in Hackney marshes to visit 3 of its wildlife reserves, a Sustainable Spices Initiative (SSI) and a park with an amazing collection of trees. The idea was to see how the area has been impacted by humans throughout history whilst COP26 was taking place.
Professor Peter Howell led the walk which started at Lea Bridge Road and included stops along the River Lea in Lee Valley Park, Walthamstow Wetlands and Springfield Park.
Peter Howell, who organised the trip, adds the following: “Cormorants used to be a coastal bird as they have webbed feet and these are not suited to landing in trees. They have adapted to landing on trees (we saw several of them perching on pylons). They are super-efficient fishers and their fishing style is very successful on the deeper waters such as the navigable part of the river Lea. This has had huge impact on fishing stocks. Grebes and egrets are a success story for different reasons. They used to be widely hunted for their plumage and for taxidermy. Whilst such species have benefitted from conservation, we also talked about the disappearance of cuckoos from the reed beds where they used to lay their eggs in warblers nest.”