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BioBlitz Nature Club

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: June 20th, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: June 12th, 2017 | 1 Comments

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

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: March 10th, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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WREN Photographic Exhibition

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Wren Group's new photographic exhibition, opened on 19th February 2017 at the Temple. It consists of 21 photographs of Wanstead wildlife taken by amateur photographers. The official opening is on Sunday 26th February 2017 at 12:00. Tea and cake will be provided.

Details on the WREN Facebook page

Display of "mystery objects" to test visitors' knowledge of natural history. One is a genuine mystery, being so far unidentified!

Wren Group banner made by Friends committee member Jo Fensome

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Nature Club – December 2016 – Artists at work

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: December 12th, 2016 | 0 Comments

Little tomatoes, mangoes, squashes, holly berries sat on the table in a colourful heap. We tried really hard to paint and draw these fruits and seeds with pastels and paints.

Luckily local artist Anita McCullough was there to give us a helping hand and we painted some great pictures to take home and frame. So we are now promising artists!

We also went on a winter bird search on Jubilee Pond to see what was new and identified no fewer than 16 species, including three kinds of gull, a shoveller, a cormorant, some pochards, and even a great crested grebe. Well done all eight children on fantastic skills.We tried counting up all the water birds – and counting all those gulls and canada geese was challenging. We came to some amazing totals and were rewarded with lots of gold coins as it is nearly Christmas.

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Nature Club – November 2016 – A Rainy Day

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: December 12th, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today it rained ALL morning. We made a giant spider's web with Charlotte in the middle. Then we made leaf art : we rubbed the undersides of dried leaves ( the veins show more on the undersides) to make beautiful leaf skeleton pictures. Then we played Big Bingo. Menuo was a very good caller and Ruduo won the game.

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Nature Club – October 2016 – Autumn Leaves

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: December 12th, 2016 | 0 Comments

What a surprise present today: Ruduo and Menuo brought in the dried up body of a large dead hedgehog! We had a good look at its little feet and its skeleton and spines.

Then we had a rather damp walk across the Flats to see if we could spot any skylarks and collected lots of different shaped leaves on the way. We particularly like the big clumps of Rosebay Willowherb, whose leaves were turning a lovely deep shade of Autumn red. The stalks were taller than us. Apparently some people make tea out of the leaves.Then we made Leafy Lanterns. We stuck our colourful leaves on the outside of jam jars, and made a handle and put a tealight inside. Very pretty if a bit sticky! Seven children today.

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First Pratical Work of the Autumn

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: October 4th, 2016 | 0 Comments

img_3017 img_3019 img_3022 img_3026 img_3031 During the first practical work session of the autumn huge pile of brambles were removed from Chalet Wood to assist the bluebells in coming through in the Spring. Several small froglets rehomed and a large skull with upper part of spine unearthed too.

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Nature Club – September 2016 – Pond dip and Bird Song

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: September 27th, 2016 | 0 Comments

img_5782 img_5777 A lovely warm day again. We listened to some recorded bird songs we were likely to hear around Jubilee Pond like coot and mallard and were pretty good at guessing which was which. We found guessing the swan's song quite difficult! Then we went pond dipping and found a lovely fat leech, lots of waterboatmen and dozens of pond snails. The pond snails had clear sacks of eggs attached to themselves and to pondweed. We also saw some small red-bodied dragonflies called common darters flying around. We had a great time on the swings too. Then we went to investigate the six large mystery holes which have appeared in the little wood by the changing rooms. We will have to do more detective work to find out who made them.....

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Nature Club – August 2016 – Grass Art and Grasshoppers

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: August 31st, 2016 | 0 Comments

5566: Grass art people 5556: Summer flower crown What do you do on a warm dry August morning? You go hunting minibeasts in the long dry grass! We looked especially for crickets and grasshoppers, the Olympic champion jumpers of the insect world. If they were the same size as us they could jump a whole football pitch in three jumps- that's about 30 meters per jump! We tried it ourselves but we weren't nearly as good. We found lots of late summer flowers in the grass and made wreaths for our hair out of bindweed flowers. We made doll figures out of the long dry yellow grass stalks, tied their arms and legs with raffia nad gave them clay faces with mini apples for eyes. They looked like the corn dollies people used to make after the harvest. 8 children today.

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