Diary

Programme of events, for any queries on an event in the programme please contact the group leader of the specific event.

September 2017


Second WREN Photographic Exhibition When: Closing Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

The WREN Group ‘Wanstead 1,000’ photo exhibition at the Temple has been very popular. The entries were first class and it was very hard to choose 21 photos which show the wonderful range of flora and fauna in the Wanstead area. The exhibition is still on at the Temple and some images are to be selected for cards which can be sold at a reasonable cost.

As you are such a talented bunch we are going to do it again!

Entries are invited from members of the Wren Group and also the Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

This time the exhibition theme will be - TREES

Not just stand‐alone mature trees in all their beauty, but trees as part of the ecosystem: trees exhibiting the birds, insects and fungi which depend on them, trees in their different seasons, details of tree structure such as bark and leaves, trees and how people interact or use them, and trees as one part of the whole landscape. The area covered should be Wanstead Parklands and also Epping Forest.

Unfortunately pictures taken on a phone cannot be accepted as they do not enlarge well, so please use a camera and take as high quality images as possible.

All images submitted will be the property of the Wren Group so that we can use them for publicity and reproduction.

Closing date for entries: 31 October 2017

Please submit entries to Tony Morrison

Saturday 9 September - Bushcraft Workshop: Animal Tracks & Signs

A City of London event.

Meet: 10am in Wanstead Park.

Discover how to read animal tracks and signs and learn how to light a fire without matches. Aimed at 6 – 12 year olds, £10 per child – this includes a wild lunch for both child and accompanying adult.

For more information City of London Events

Sunday 10 September - Waterbird Count

Meet: 10am at the Tea Hut, Wanstead Park.

The Gadwall and Pochard have started to return. Another winter beckons

Walk around the lakes of Wanstead Park counting the waterbirds, especially the migrants, as a part of the nationwide BTO count. No experience necessary.

Free, organised by the The WREN Group

Contact Tim Harris

Monday 25th September - Nature Walk

Meet: 10.20 at Bromley by Bow station

A relatively local walk, combining nature and history, from Bromley by Bow station to Clapton along the river Lee checking out the Middlesex filter beds en route and ending with a cafe. It would be best to bring packed lunch as we may well get peckish before. Is a lovely walk allowing us to see how the riverside is changing.

August 30th, 2017

October 2017


Second WREN Photographic Exhibition When: Closing Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

The WREN Group ‘Wanstead 1,000’ photo exhibition at the Temple has been very popular. The entries were first class and it was very hard to choose 21 photos which show the wonderful range of flora and fauna in the Wanstead area. The exhibition is still on at the Temple and some images are to be selected for cards which can be sold at a reasonable cost.

As you are such a talented bunch we are going to do it again!

Entries are invited from members of the Wren Group and also the Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

This time the exhibition theme will be - TREES

Not just stand‐alone mature trees in all their beauty, but trees as part of the ecosystem: trees exhibiting the birds, insects and fungi which depend on them, trees in their different seasons, details of tree structure such as bark and leaves, trees and how people interact or use them, and trees as one part of the whole landscape. The area covered should be Wanstead Parklands and also Epping Forest.

Unfortunately pictures taken on a phone cannot be accepted as they do not enlarge well, so please use a camera and take as high quality images as possible.

All images submitted will be the property of the Wren Group so that we can use them for publicity and reproduction.

Closing date for entries: 31 October 2017

Please submit entries to Tony Morrison

Sunday 1 October - Practical Work

Sunday 8 October - Waterbird Count

Meet: 10am at the Tea Hut, Wanstead Park.

Walk around the lakes of Wanstead Park counting the waterbirds, especially the migrants, as a part of the nationwide BTO count. No experience necessary.

Free, organised by the The WREN Group

Contact Tim Harris

Thursday 12 October - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Wednesday 18th - Nature Ramble The new 'Nature Ramble' series of walks replaces the ‘Lucky Dip’ walks that ended with the Rainham Marshes visit in December. Each month, walk leader and guidebook author Peter Aylmer will take you to one of London's great natural glories - a nature reserve, woodland, heath, site of special scientific interest or similar. Like the Lucky Dip walks, expect around six miles of easy walking and at least one cafe along the way.

Meet: 10am at Stratford station, outside Jubilee line platforms 13-15. Just turn up, no need to book. Bring a snack, drink and Oyster or Freedom Pass. Back about 4.

More information: Peter Aylmer 07884 235784 or Email Peter Aylmer.

Thursday 19 October - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Sunday 22 October - The Friends of Wanstead Parklands are leading a walk around Wanstead Park

A part of the Epping Forest Walking Festival.

Meet: 11:00 at the Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road, E11.

This, the last in this year's series of five walks, is part of the Epping Forest Walking Festival. The route will take participants on a leisurely stroll around the western side of the park, comprising Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats. Starting at 11am outside the Quaker Meeting House on Bush Road, the walk will probably take two hours, and will point out vestiges of seventeenth and eighteenth century landscaping and the site of a Roman road. We may also spot some interesting fungi! The official walk will end at a bus stop on Blake Hall Road, but the more energetic will be invited to continue through the park to The Temple. Now housing a visitor centre and gift shop, the Temple is open every weekend. It was originally built around 1760 by John, 2nd Earl Tylney of Castlemaine.

The walks are free, but donations to the group are welcome. As paths may be muddy, suitable footwear is advised.

Thursday 26 October - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Sunday 29 October - Fungi Walk in the South of the Forest

A part of the Epping Forest Walking Festival.

Meet: 10:30 at the Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road, E11.

A free two-hour walk examining the local fungi in the Bush Wood area lead by local naturalist Tricia Moxey.

Easy terrain. To suit all members of the family. Free, organised by the The WREN Group

Sunday 29 October - Nature Club

The club is aimed at children between 2-7 years old.

Meet: 12:45pm - 2.30pm at The Temple, Wanstead Park. The cost is £3.50 per child

It seems a whole world away from our summer Nature club where we found crickets in the long grass on a baking summer day and it will be great to discover how the sesille oak we searched for mini-beasts around is faring in the new season. Will we find acorns around it or will the squirrels have beaten us?

There will be an autumnal nature trail and crafts and stories celebrating the season. We hope to see you and your children there!

Tuesday 31 October 2017 - Closing date for entries to Photographic Competition "Trees in the Landscape"

August 30th, 2017

November 2017


Thursday 2 November - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Sunday 5 November - Practical Work

Thursday 9 November - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Thursday 16 November - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Sunday 19 November - "Birds of Wanstead", talk by Nick Croft

Meet: The Temple at 1pm.

"BIRDS OF WANSTEAD"

An illustrated talk at the Temple, Wanstead Park A presentation by top local birder and expert photographer Nick Croft. Enjoy Nick's expertise and learn what a great area this is for birding. As space at the Temple is limited, please book your place beforehand with Gill and then pay on the door.

Cost £3.00, to go towards the Wren Group and Park improvements.

Sunday 19 November - Waterbird Count

Meet: 10am at the Tea Hut, Wanstead Park.

Walk around the lakes of Wanstead Park counting the waterbirds, especially the migrants, as a part of the nationwide BTO count. No experience necessary.

Free, organised by the The WREN Group

Contact Tim Harris

Thursday 23 November - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

Sunday 26 November - Launch of 'Trees in the Landscape' photographic exhibition

Meet: 12pm at the Temple, wanstead Park

A walk from the Temple followed, at 1pm, by the lauch of the 'Trees in the Landscape' photographic exhibition with refreshments.

Thursday 30 November - Practical Work

Meet: The Temple between 10-12.

August 30th, 2017

December 2017


Sunday 3 December - Practical Work

Thursday 7th - Nature Ramble The new 'Nature Ramble' series of walks replaces the ‘Lucky Dip’ walks that ended with the Rainham Marshes visit in December. Each month, walk leader and guidebook author Peter Aylmer will take you to one of London's great natural glories - a nature reserve, woodland, heath, site of special scientific interest or similar. Like the Lucky Dip walks, expect around six miles of easy walking and at least one cafe along the way.

Meet: 10am at Stratford station, outside Jubilee line platforms 13-15. Just turn up, no need to book. Bring a snack, drink and Oyster or Freedom Pass. Back about 4.

More information: Peter Aylmer 07884 235784 or Email Peter Aylmer.

Sunday 10 December - Waterbird Count

Meet: 10am at the Tea Hut, Wanstead Park.

Walk around the lakes of Wanstead Park counting the waterbirds, especially the migrants, as a part of the nationwide BTO count. No experience necessary.

Free, organised by the The WREN Group

Contact Tim Harris

August 30th, 2017