Wren, the Wanstead Park and Flats Conservation group, have cancelled all public events until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Wildlife updates continue

Moth of the Day

Common Plume

This is one of the unusual Pterophidae (plume moth) family which rests with its wings tightly folded or rolled and so resembles a ’T-shape’. Some of this family have quite distinctive markings, but the Common Plume is quite plane.

It is a moth I find regularly in my front porch. As a white alcove open to the elements but largely sheltered and with a motion-sensor light, it is a bit of a moth trap. I have recorded 27 species of moth in my porch in the last year or so and Common Plume is the third most commonly found so far.

Hopefully this proves that you don’t even need any equipment to start mothing. Identification is a challenge with moths, but there are some great books and some of the recording members of our organisation (me included) would be happy to try and help you settle on an ID if you want to send any photos through.


During this time of self-distancing, finding moths around your home and garden can be a good activity.


Lichen of the day

Caloplaca flavescens

This common lichen is found on alkaline rocks and gravestones. It is usually disc shaped with distinctive orange outer lobes and round orange fruiting bodies or apothecia in the centre. This specimen is from St Mary’s churchyard.

Whats Happening?

Northern Wheatear have arrived back on Wanstead Flats. They are often flighty in spring, but their pale colours and black and white tail is distinctive in flight. There was a sweepstake this year to pick the date of arrival and over £100 has been raised for charity by Wanstead birders.


Our Latest Newsletter is out, press the link below:

Wren Winter 2020 Newsletter


A large scale Music Festival on Wanstead flats has again been proposed. We are very concerned about the consequences for the local wildlife, see our letter here: Wren press release


Whipps Cross Hospital Development

The Wren group has concerns about the Development Plans for Whipps Cross Hospital with regard to it’s effect on the local environment. Click on Letter below:

Whipps Cross Development

See blog for October