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 see the list of activities below.

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

Saturday June 22nd

Butterfly Trail for children. Collect a questionnaire from the Info Tent and win a goody bag.
Reptiles Etc: Live Display of British wildlife near the Info Tent. From 12pm.
6am: Moth Trap Reveal 6am at the Temple, Wanstead Park. Led by Tim Harris.
10am: Bees Workshop: learn how to use a quadrat to identify bees and other creatures. Led by Tony Madgwick
12pm: Lichen Walk: Meet at the Info Tent. Learn about these fascinating life forms using hand lenses. Led by Bob Vaughan.
2pm: Flight of the Bumble Bee Family Walk: Meet at the Info Tent. Led by Scarlett Weston
2pm: Spider Hunt & Invertebrates Safari on Wanstead Flats: Meet at Centre Road Car Park, Led by David Carr.

Sunday June 23rd

Butterfly Trail for children. Collect a questionnaire from the Info Tent and win a goody bag.
Reptiles Etc: Live Display of British wildlife near the Info Tent. From 12pm

10am: From Bugs to Plant Galls: Invertebrate walk for all. Meet at the info Tent. Led by James Heal .
10am: Pond Dip at the Shoulder of Mutton Pond, for age 4 upwards. All children must be accompanied. Wear wellies! Led by Louis and Gosia Lawler.
12pm-4pm Family Fun in the Woodland Play Area:
12pm Bring a picnic!
1pm: Minibeast Hunt led by Moira Duhig. Followed by art activities.
2pm: Workshops :
‘We asked – You said – Now What ?- Next steps from the Survey’ Led by Friends of Wanstead Parklands.
Encouraging Wildlife in your Garden. Led by Aldersbrook Horticultural Society.
3pm: Insect Stories for Under-5s. Led by Jackie Withnall.

For further information contact wrenconservationgroup@gmail.com



 Bumblebee Walk and Talk

30th June Quaker Meeting House



The Wren Spring 2024 Newsletter  is here: Newsletter_46_Spring24

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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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