Pochard numbers hit new heights

Last winter, Wanstead Park attracted record numbers of Gadwall. This year it seems to have hit the jackpot with Pochard. In recent years, this duck has adopted a habit of arriving in early September – before the build-up of other winter wildfowl, with numbers then thinning as the autumn progresses. This year they started arriving …

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Surveying small mammals

On Saturday 30 August, Darren Tansley, Water for Wildlife Officer for the Essex Wildlife Trust, demonstrated survey methodology for small mammals in the Old Sewage Works. Darren gave 10 Wren Group members some fascinating insights into the behaviour of voles, mice and shrews, and explained best practice the setting of traps so that animals are …

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A Walk in the Cemetery

Last Sunday saw a very well-attended walk in the City of London Cemetery in Aldersbrook Road. Run by Wren committee member Gill James the walk looked at some of the more unusual trees in the area with a little bit of history thrown in. The cemetery was designed to be the ‘Cemetery in a Garden’ with …

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Dragons on the Wing

Whilst walking along the east end of Perch Pond on 7th August, I stopped to investigate both the plants along the pond’s bank, and to watch the various dragonflies and damselflies flying along there. There were several of the various ‘blue’ damselflies, a Brown Hawker, a female Emperor Dragonfly (egg-laying), but the only one I managed …

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An explosion of spring

Nature always finds new ways to surprise. On Sunday 14th April winter finally relinquished is icy grasp and it was great to be walking around without a thick coat for the first time in months. A group of Wren group members gathered in warm sunshine in Wanstead Park to conduct the last waterbird count of …

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