Bee walk for families in Wanstead Park

Sunday 9th June 10-12 a.m.

Meet at the Tea Hut in Wanstead park

All children must be accompanied by adults

Bee expert Tony Madgwick of the Wren Conservation group and London Natural History Society will guide us to search for bees and other insects in the park.

Aside from the ubiquitous honeybee, there are over 275 species of bee to be found across the UK. Ranging in size (wing length) from 4 mm to 22 mm, a number of these can be found in London’s gardens, built areas and green spaces. Often overlooked, we will be looking to find some of the more common local species and learning about their behaviour, their importance as pollinators, and what we can do encourage them to thrive in our urban environments.

Wanstead Wildlife Weekend

June 22nd-23rd 2024 10am -5pm

Wanstead Park E11 2LT & Wanstead Flats E7 0DL

Free activities for wildlife explorers of all ages, including:

Bumblebee Workshop & Walks

Display of British Wildlife

Children’s Butterfly Trail

Spider Safari

Moth Trap

Pond Dip

Insect Stories

Minibeast Hunt

Walks led by experts
Nearest public transport: Wanstead Underground Station; Elizabeth Line at Manor Park & Forest Gate; and buses
308, W19, 101

Find out more on the days from the Info Tent near the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park

Full programme soon


Coming soon Wanstead Wildlife Weekend

 June 22nd & 23rd

See preliminary details in the diary


 Bumblebee Walk and Talk

30th June Quaker Meeting House


The Wren Spring 2024 Newsletter  is here: Newsletter_46_Spring24

click to download and read all the latest news

Save our Skylarks

Several pairs of the iconic ground-nesting Skylark breed on Wanstead Flats. These birds represent the closest population of breeding larks to the centre of London but for how much longer? Nationally, the population of Skylarks has been in decline for decades so the Wren Group – in conjunction with the City of London Corporation – is determined to do all it can to protect their numbers locally. In 2021, and each year since, temporary fencing has been erected around two areas of the Flats. Between March and early September, this has meant that the birds – whose eggs and chicks are particularly vulnerable to disturbance – were protected from heavy human and canine footfall during the nesting season. This protection paid off handsomely last year with at least four young raised – the best breeding success for quite a few years.
We hope the larks repeat that success this year, and that we will begin to see the recolonisation of more areas of the Flats. In order to reduce the use of single-use plastic fencing, the City of London Corporation is this year experimenting with blue rope to demarcate the two areas people are politely being asked to keep out of. Please respect this fencing, the future of our larks may depend on it. If you see the rope being vandalised, please report to the police 101.

Missed the Wren AGM ?

A fasinating talk by Ben Murphy, Chair of the Epping Forest and Commons Committee, telling us about new developments in the management of the Forest is available here:
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