Barnsbury Wood is a little hidden gem in Islington and the smallest local nature reserve in London. The site was originally the garden of a house built in the 1840s. Left to Nature, this hidden woodland has become home to a range of wildlife including the long-tailed tit, lesser stag beetle, common toad and the 16-spot ladybird. The wood is owned and managed by Islington Council and opens to the public on Tuesday afternoons (and on Saturday afternoons in summer, thanks to community volunteers). At other times, school groups use the site for environmental education sessions.