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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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During the 2017 BioBlitz there was also a Nature Club for the children.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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During the 2017 BioBlitz there was also a Nature Club for the children.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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BioBlitz Nature Club


During the 2017 BioBlitz there was also a Nature Club for the children.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


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A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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March 10th, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


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A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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October 7th, 2017

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BioBlitz Nature Club


During the 2017 BioBlitz there was also a Nature Club for the children.

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BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017


BioBlitz 2017

BioBlitz 2017 – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.

With interactive activities for youngsters, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone including Guided Walks, Talks, Children’s Art, Nature Table, Dawn Chorus Walk, Bat Walks, Pond-dipping, Moth-trapping, Grass-Sweeping, Tea Hut and much more – and it’s all free!

Friday 16th June

20:30 – Bat Walk. Meet outside the tea hut, Wanstead Park.
Come and join Conservation Ranger, Frances Castro and search for pipistrelles, Noctules, Daubenton’s and other bats. Bring a torch and suitable clothing for an evening walk. (approx. 90 minutes)

22:00 – Moth-trapping. Meet outside the Temple, Wanstead Park.
Local moth enthusiasts will have their light traps fired up to attract some of the great array of moths to be found in Wanstead Park. Bring a torch and wear appropriate clothing for an evening activity. (approx. 2 hours). Leader Tim Harris

Saturday 17th June

08:00 – Wildlife Refound: from parkland to woodland.
Meet at junction of Bushwood Road and Stanmore Road.
Leader: James Heal

10:30. Flowers of Wanstead Flats
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Leader: Tricia Moxey

11:00 – Spider Hunt
Meet at Centre Rd gazebo. Leader: David Carr

14:00 – Dogs and Wildlife; a guide to responsible dog-walking
Meet at Centre Rd car park gazebo. Please bring your dog (on a leash)! Leader: Thibaud Madelin

15:00 – 16:00 Children’s Pond Dipping
Meet at Jubilee Pond. Leaders: Sean Dillon and Gill James

Sunday 18th June

05:00 – Dawn Chorus Walk
Leading birder Nick Croft, joined by Tim Harris and Jane Cleall, lead the crack-of-dawn walk around the park to listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus, see a new generation of young birds and maybe encounter a surprise or two. (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

11:00 – Pond Dipping. Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
The park’s lakes hold a surprising amount of aquatic life, from large fish to tiny invertebrates, including dragonfly larvae and even crayfish. Help Derek and Cathy McEwan catch an endless array of life-forms from the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (approx. 90 minutes).

11:15 – Nature Walk in Wanstead Park
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park
Leaders: Mirza Rashid, Jackie Morrison, David Giddings

14:00 – 16:00 – Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts
Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child (children aged 2-7 years old)
Leaders: Sean Dillon of Wild East Project and Gill James

14:00 – Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes)
Leaders: Derek and Cathy McEwan

15:00 – Wanstead Park Trees
Meet at Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park.
Leaders: Tricia Moxey, David Giddings, Jackie Morrison

16:00 – Finish

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Log Rolling – Getting Chalet Wood ready for the Bluebells


Chalet Wood - Log Rolling

Pratical work, on Thursday 9th March 2017, to get Chalet Wood ready for the appearance of the Bluebells. Paths through the wood are deliniated by logs to try to prevent people walking on the Bluebells.

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