Wren: the Wanstead Park and Flats Conservation group, have cancelled public events until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Virtual wildlife Meetings and suggestions for activities continue here

The Spring 2021 Wren Newsletter, click below:

Wren NewsletterSpring21

Beware of Giant Hogweed

How to recognise it, with Wren member Mirza

Wanstead Moths And Butterflies

A fully illustrated report written by local expert Tim Harris – click below

Wanstead Moths_Report 2020(1)


Help Save our Skylarks

Many of you will be aware of the skylarks on Wanstead Flats and will have heard them singing as they soar into the sky lifting everyone’s spirits with them.

Unfortunately they have been unable to breed successfully for several years due to several factors including some unintentional disturbance from humans and dogs. 

Disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nests and any young birds may flee, get lost and end up starving to death.
We are in danger of losing the last few of this critically endangered species. They have already disappeared from Leyton Flats.
For this reason fencing will be installed this year at the end of February to try and protect any that remain and hopefully allow them to breed. While the fencing is going up members of the Wren group will be around as much as possible to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to approach us – at a safe distance of course.



Wren 2020 Winter Newsletter

out now

Go to Newsletter Page or click here Winter 2020 Newsletter

 Wren Practical Work is Back

    Important volunteer work to maintain the Bluebell Woods and other areas in Wanstead Park. See Diary for dates and Meeting site.

Starting on Thursday, the Meetings have been approved for the November Lockdown

Please try to bring your own gloves, and don’t share Wren tools but stick to one set. Otherwise we will work fairly normally at a social distance.



VFM 14 Swifts

from Edward Meyer 

Thursday 22nd April 7pm

Edward Meyer is an expert on these summer migrants and will tell their amazing story.


To book your free tickets go to:


Virtual Field Meeting 13

The South of Epping Forest:

a brief History

Listen to theTalk here:

Mark’s new book on the subject will be out in May 2021.




VFM 12 The lichens of Wanstead

This will be an introduction to the weird and wonderful world of lichens, present nearly everywhere but largely unnoticed. A lichen is not a single organism. It is a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a photosynthetic algae and/or cyanobacteria.

In his talk, Bob will introduce us to some of the fascinating local lichens, what to look out for, and perhaps where you might find them….

If you missed it a recoding is available at: https://youtu.be/LPty0hXjnrA


Plans for the Restoration of  the Mortuary Site on Manor Park Flats revealed:

click link below to download and read



The History of Eping Forest



The Wren Recording Area

 A short presentation outlining our local patch and the grid squares to use for recording purposes.

Click on the pdf below:

The Wren Wildlife Recording Area