Increasing biodiversity in N12

The nature reserve

Coppetts Wood and the Glebelands, in North Finchley, London, were designated a Local Nature Reserve by the Borough of Barnet in 1997. You can find maps of the reserve here. The reserve has five distinct sections, with different habitats: Coppetts Wood, the Scrublands, Coppetts Close Triangle, the Green Link and the Glebelands. Learn more about them here.


Covid permitting, the Coppetts Wood Conservationists meet each Sunday morning throughout the year with the aim of maintaining the nature reserve, increasing its biodiversity and enjoying some sociable exercise. If you come along, you could find yourself digging a new pond or raking out an old one, clearing bushes or bramble to encourage a more varied habitat, or planting trees or a hedge. Find out more about why we do what we do, and if you’d like to get involved, please email

Traveller update

A large group of travellers spent the Christmas season in Porters Way, behind the Compton School, completely blocking vehicle access to the homes further down the road. They finally left, leaving vast amounts of refuse, destroying a wooden fence and mutilating various trees. If you see them return, please contact the police on 101 and email