Virtual Field Meeting 16
The Epping Forest Cows in Wanstead Park
7th September at 19-30
John Phillips the Grazing and Landscape Project Officer responsible for cattle grazing, will be explaining the ecological impact of the English Longhorn cattle in the forest and why they come to visit Wanstead Park once a year, the benefits for biodiversity and their part in the natural cycle of life.
If you missed this talk listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpwrKOgiEVk
Solidarity with the Orient Way Park Friends
Just outside the south eastern corner of the Wren Wildlife Recording Area is a small pocket park sandwiched between two major roads (including Orient Way), a train track, residential housing and warehouses. The Pocket Park contains 125 trees, some scrub area, some unmown verges and, and some landscaped lawns.
The whole area, including 122 of the 125 trees are under threat of destruction to build new housing. The local residents held a community activity and protest day on Bank Holiday Monday (30 August) which members of the Wren Group visited to show solidarity.
Orient Way Park Friends are concerned that they they are about to lose some green and tree-filled space in this highly urban area. They are concerned about the destruction of trees during this time of climate crisis, the loss of community space, and increased flood risk.
In a brief, informal survey, the Wren Group recorded at least seven species of tree growing in the area; including some mature specimen trees that have previously been subject to Tree Preservation Orders.
James Heal, Chair of the Wren Group, said: “I met a number of passionate community spirited residents – effectively neighbours of the Wren Group – desperately trying to save a precious green space on their doorstep. Whilst I am very aware of the challenges that come from housing shortages, it surely cannot be right to be destroying green space and removing hundreds of trees during this time of climate crisis. Whilst we visited my son played with other children in amongst the trees, making banners, and collecting fallen leaves to make leaf crowns; its seems a tragic shame that this is all due to end. On the bus journey back from the action day my wife and I saw derelict warehouse space which would surely be more suited to redevelopment than destroying a tree-lined park?”
Let’s hope that Waltham Forest Council listen carefully to the concerns raised by the local residents.
A series of short walks and mini-bioblitzes in some of the less often visited parts of the Wren Wildlife & Conservation Group recording area
Many of our members and locals will know well the main green spaces of our focus area in the southern part of Epping Forest: Wanstead Flats, Wanstead Park, and Hollow Ponds & Leyton Flats.
However, have you visited:
The Old Sewage Works
St Mary’s Churchyard, Wanstead
The Pastures, Leytonstone
The City of London Cemetery
Manor Park Cemetery
Bush Wood North
St John’s Churchyard, Leytonstone
Royston Gardens meadow
Redbridge Lane Allotments
Starting on 31 July, the Wren Group will lead a series of family-friendly short walks and invertebrate hunts to explore some of these places and the wildlife that can be found there. Whether you are a keen invertebrate recorder or you just want to visit some new places locally, please join us and keep an eye out for future events in the series.
We shall kick off with a butterfly-focused walk in the Old Sewage Works (to the south east of Wanstead Park)
31 July meeting near the Aldersbrook Riding School Stables at 10.00
Saturday 26 June
Wren Wildlife & Conservation Group will be holding its first in-person/physical meetings
Please do join us for one or both walks
10am – Wanstead Park (meet by Wren stand near the Tea Hut)
A botany-focused walk led by local naturalist, Tricia Moxey
FREE but please book to give us a sense of numbers:
2pm – Wanstead Park (meet by Wren stand near the Tea Hut)
An invertebrate-focused ‘expert showcase’ walk where we get to watch (from a safe distance) as experts show us what insects and other invertebrates can be found locally and the techniques that can be used to find and study them.
FREE but please book to give us a sense of numbers: https://www.
ticketsource.co.uk/wren- wildlife-conservation-group/t- eeqkqd
Whilst both activities are free, please sign-up using so that we can get an idea of numbers.
As it is a weekend, some free parking should be found in the surrounding area.
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
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.