This is the time to look out for the variety of mushrooms and toadstools that may pop-up almost anywhere. Most of our summer bird visitors have disappeared, but on the Flats the perky Stonchat (top) will either be easy to see or elusive. Winter thrushes are starting to arrive from the North. Look out for …

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The star of early September was the Greenshank which stayed on Heronry for just over two weeks. The real rarities were however were two insects: a female Red-veined Darter photographed by Nick Croft in the SSSI and a Long-tailed Blue butterfly in Wanstead spotted and photographed by Christian Moss. Both of these are firsts for …

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Dragons and Damsels

There is a good display of Dragonflies and Damselflies on Shoulder-of-Mutton pond right now. Hundreds of Small Red and good numbers of Willow Emerald Damselflies also larger Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer and Emperor Dragonflies.

Butterflies and Mini-beasts

The butterfly walk on 5th August went very well with a dozen people joining us to find butterflies and mini-beasts. There were good numbers of common butterflies on the plain including Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper and all three Whites. One Brown Argus was seen, a once rare species that has been seen more frequently …

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Wanstead Flats Concert Proposals

The Wren Committee have serious concerns about the proposed large scale concert planned for Wanstead Flats. We believe the precious wildlife of Wanstead Flats could be threatened. See our letter to CoL: Letter to Epping Forest FINAL    

The Bat Walk

Mirza Rashid led a very successful Bat walk in Wanstead Park last night (26th July). Five, maybe six, different Bat species were detected and most showed very well. To give you an idea of what you might have missed, see this slow-mo video that James managed to take of a Noctule Bat over Perch Pond. …

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A Fairer Forest

A presentation by the Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group on Tuesday July 23rd, 7.30pm This presentation looks at funding for Epping Forest as a whole and focuses on the concept of ‘ Natural Capital’. Natural Capital is a way of calculating the value of ecosystem services in monetary terms and we are attempting to put …

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