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Interested in Bees

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: July 12th, 2018 | 0 Comments

At West Ham cemetery, Cemetery Rd, Forest Gate E7 some Newham Council staff volunteers keep 4/5 bee hives in a fenced off corner of this Newham Council cemetery, and jar up the honey during the summer.

They are looking to recruit one or two more volunteers to join their Bee Club. They can offer full training, bee suits and they have a fully equipped area for extracting the honey by centrifuge.

If you are interested in learning how to look after bees in a well organised set up please contact me Peter Williams in the first instance and I will put you in touch. The cemetery itself is an interesting wildlife have, being slightly neglected though still in use.

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BioBlitz 2018

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: June 8th, 2018 | 0 Comments

A copy of the BioBlitz Flyer can be found Here.

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Join the Bioblitz – 23-24 June 2018

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: May 13th, 2018 | 0 Comments

MIDSUMMER WILDLIFE WEEKEND

23rd and 24th JUNE

JOIN THE BIOBLITZ ! IN WANSTEAD FLATS & WANSTEAD PARK

The Wren Conservation Group are back for a fourth year of nature activities for all ages in the Park and on the Flats. You don't need to be an expert to join in the walks and activities on our Wildlife Weekend but we do have some experts to help you! If you are interested in bats, birds, wildflowers and more, there is something here for everyone. All the activities are free and open to all, except Wanstead Nature Club on Sunday which is for young children and there is a small chargefor this. Please check Wrengroup for details of time and place.

Saturday 23rd June

Meet at Centre Road Car Park, Wanstead Flats, for two walks, led by experts:

  • 11am: Plant Galls: a close look at what's growing on our trees
  • 2pm: Larks, Butterflies and flowers: all welcome!
  • 9pm: Bat Walk led by Francis Castro. Meet at the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park. A great family walk.

Sunday 24th June

11am-4pm: Events are in Wanstead Park or the Old Sewage Works on Sunday 24th.

  • 5am: Dawn Chorus Walk: a walk for early birds.Start from Leybourne Road entrance to Bush Wood.
  • 11am-4pm: London Wildlife Trust & RSPB :fun activities in the Temple Garden
  • 11am-4pm: Wild Wanstead: green up your garden with Suzy Knox
  • 11.30am-1pm: Identifying Bees and Understanding their lifestyle
  • 11am -1pm:: Pond Dipping in the Perch Pond, Wanstead Park: suit all ages
  • 11am-4pm: Wren Group experts : Bio Blitz finds I.D. Put your finds under the microscope!
  • 11am-3pm: Meet our Duck Champion: crafts, treasure hunt, & quiz in the Temple Garden
  • 1pm-3pm: Spiders in the Old Sewage Work: finding our eight-legged friends
  • 2pm-3.30pm: Wanstead Nature Club: Meet in the Temple Garden for crafts, minibeast hunt etc. Children aged 3-7. Must be accompanied. Donation please.
  • 2pm-4pm: Wildflowers & Butterflies walk .Meet at the Temple for a general look at what's about in the Park.
  • 2pm-3.30pm: Pond dipping in the Shoulder of Mutton Pond: suit all ages
  • 2.30pm-4pm: Snails in the Old Sewage Works: a minibeast hunt with a difference!

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Nature Club 15 April 2018

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: March 25th, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Practical Work – Preparing Chalet Wood

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: March 15th, 2018 | 0 Comments

We spent a lovely morning when we should have been clearing brambles watching Richard and his team expertly placing these huge and heavy oak logs along the side of the main path in the bluebell Wood. Perfect for sitting and balancing on! The machine was too big to get in the middle of the wood while the ground is so wet and the bluebells in full growth so they will come back after the bluebells are over, probably next Autumn, with another load of logs.

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Exhibition: You can’t see the trees for the woods

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: March 10th, 2018 | 0 Comments

Saturday 3 March to Monday 2 April, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: You can't see the trees for the woods.

At The View (Epping Forest Visitors Centre), 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH.

Free, no booking required.

Ancient Trees & the People of Epping Forest Exhibition by Marion Sidebottom

For more details of her work Click

Marion says:

'Over the last couple of months I have been busy preparing for my exhibition which will be at the gallery in the View Visitor Centre in Chingford from 3rd March until 2nd April This is the culmination of my year’s artist residency at Epping Forest. I have met many interesting people along the way who have kindly allowed me into their lives to observe, photograph and interview them. Of course I have hundreds of images but as an artist I also want to interpret this information in my own unique way so you can see the forest through my eyes.

This exhibition is the culmination of Artist-in-Residence, Marion Sidebottom's, year-long project exploring how visual images can engage people's interest in ancient trees and the Forest.

Spoiler alert: this excellent exhibition stars Tricia Moxey in a huge photomontage illustrating Connectivity in Nature. Tim Harris and James Heal also feature.

Marion says about our exhibition at the Temple:

'The WREN Group Tree Photography Exhibition'

'I was pleased recently to meet the WREN Wildlife and Conservation Group at the Temple in Wanstead. I attended a short walk led by Tim Harris the Chairperson and then attended their beautiful exhibition with the theme ‘Trees in the Landscape’. I got the opportunity to talk to members about their images and then talked about my project and displayed a small selection of prints from my Ancient Trees of Epping Forest exhibition.'

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Nature Club – 28 January 2018

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: January 6th, 2018 | 0 Comments

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‘Trees in the Landscape’ photographic exhibition

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: November 30th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Photo Exhibition

'Trees in the Landscape' photographic exhibition at the Temple Our second exhibition is now on display at the Temple during weekend opening hours until early spring. The twenty-one photographs show various aspects of trees in the Wanstead and Epping Forest area, in all seasons from winter snow to autumn glory. Some images show details such as fungi doing its work, birds using nest holes, and spring catkins, and others show the sheer beauty of trees and groups of trees both in a forest and a more urban setting. The exhibition launch was very timely as it coincided with National Tree Week, bringing home the message that trees everywhere are a vital part of the ecosystem and it is essential that we protect them. These photographs had to be selected from 240 entries and it was heartening that the project inspired so many people to take their cameras, go out there and think about how to take a good picture of a tree.

The Launch was preceded by a walk for 30 people, led by Tim Harris, and was attended by over 50 people who enjoyed a good natter and some excellent tea and cake.Thanks to Wren volunteers for this. Many thanks also to Committee Member Tony Morrison for printing and framing the images so brilliantly.

In addition to local Councillor Paul Merry, we were lucky to welcome Epping Forest Artist in Residence Marion Sidebottom, who displayed some of her meticulous photographs of ancient Forest trees. We hope to see more of her work in future.

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WREN Practical Work

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: November 30th, 2017 | 0 Comments

WREN group members have been out and about working in Wanstead Park. Their first three sessions are on Lincoln's Island clearing the undergrowth there to allow the Daffodils to flourish in the spring. The final two sessions will be tidying up Chalet Wood allow the Bluebells to flower in all their glory in April/May next year. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="35" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="105" thumbnail_height="80" thumbnail_crop="1" images_per_page="20" number_of_columns="0" ajax_pagination="0" show_all_in_lightbox="0" use_imagebrowser_effect="0" show_slideshow_link="0" slideshow_link_text="[Show as slideshow]" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

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Photographic exhibition – 26 November 2017

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: November 24th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Photo Exhibition

Our excellent second photographic exhibition will be launched this Sunday, 26th November, 1pm at the Temple, Wanstead Park.

All members are invited to come along and enjoy these lovely and interesting photos as well as a social get-together.

We are lucky to welcome a special guest, Marian Sidebottom, who is the Artist in Residence at Epping Forest. She is keen to meet you all and to tell you a little about her work. In addition to enjoying tea and cake ( contributions welcome!) you may like to buy some nature- themed stocking fillers for children and 'Trees of Epping Forest' tea towels by Chingford Calligraphy Circle, on sale at £5. So bring your purse...

The Launch will preceded by a short walk led by Tim Harris. Meet at 12pm at the Temple.

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