Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017

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45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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Nature Club – October 2017

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 | 0 Comments

35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club. The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts. After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment. These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We're so pleased at how popular they are and can't wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: November 1st, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: October 18th, 2017 | 0 Comments

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?

Posted by:wrengroup | Posted on: October 7th, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

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

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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

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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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WREN Photographic Exhibition

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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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