The Parkland Walk became a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 under the provisions of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949. Sadly, before the following year was out, Haringey Council dissolved its Conservation Unit. In many ways this marked out the beginning of the decline as far as the biodiversity of Parkland Walk in Haringey was concerned (Islington council has managed its section rather better).
A combination of ever increasing human presence and lack of woodland management means that many of the flowers and some of the wildlife that were present to that point are no longer to be seen. That said, there is still a lot to discover if you take the time to look. The Friends have spearheaded a biodiversity project called the Wildlife Trail at the Highgate end of the Walk and it’s hoped that what is being learned there can be applied to other parts of the nature reserve to stimulate some small degree of recovery. Our website can guide you to discover plants, insects and birds that you might otherwise not be aware of.