Category: Ecology

  • Cow Minders Wanted!

    Cow Minders Wanted!

    Message form Gill James Volunteer Induction Meeting August 4th 11am – Meet at the Temple You will be delighted to hear that three longhorn English cows will be returning to Wanstead Park for the conservation grazing project this summer. They will arrive in late August and stay for about a month or until they’ve eaten…

  • Wanstead Park Bio Blitz

    Wanstead Park Bio Blitz

    The Wren Group will be holding its first outdoor event soon! Saturday June 26th: Wanstead Park Bio Blitz We will be running a stall from 10am- 2pm near the Tea Hut in the Park to direct people to events, sell things, plant seeds with children and much more. This will be the start point for…

  • The skylarks are singing

    The skylarks are singing

    Fencing was installed by the City of London around the skylark nesting area on Wanstead Flats last week. The skylarks nest in the long grass and are vulnerable to disturbance. Despite hail, rain and high winds, Wren Group volunteers turned out on patrol to answer any queries from the public. Happily, the response has been…

  • Wanstead’s little river once again shows its teeth

    Wanstead’s little river once again shows its teeth

    In December 2019, nature gave Wanstead Park an unexpected but very welcome Christmas present.



    Geoff Sinclair, Head of Operations at Epping Forest, explains why the City of London Corporation’s cattle-grazing trial is good news for wildlife conservation. This article first appeared in the October 2020 edition of Wanstead Village Directory.

  • Wanstead Park: a biodiversity hotspot

    Wanstead Park was added to Epping Forest in 1882 and is protected under the terms of the Epping Forest Act of 1878.  The Park is a Grade II* listed landscape with a chain of lakes dug out some 300 years ago. There are woodlands and grassy areas with some scrubby patches, all of which provide…

  • The Impact Of Alien Species: some examples from Wanstead Park

    The native fauna and flora of the British Isles has been augmented by introductions over many centuries. Some trees like the Sycamore and the Sweet Chestnut arrived many centuries ago and have become integrated into our landscapes. Other aliens are more recent arrivals with a few being perceived as invasive species. One of these is…

  • The natural aspect of the Park as seen by local photographers

    The Friends of Wanstead Parklands were delighted to be invited to curate the 2015 summer exhibition at The Temple, and chose to celebrate the natural aspect of the park with a display of images of its flora and fauna.

  • Ecology Links

    Wanstead Wildlife …for information on the wealth of wildlife in and around Wanstead Parklands. Wren Conservation Group For the opportunity to do practical work, learn about the local wildlife and to go on nature walks and outings further afield, the Wren Conservation Group is Wanstead Park’s own local wildife group. Visit the website or contact…

  • Summary of wildlife in the Wanstead area

    For an area that is so close to the built up parts of residential east London, Wanstead Park and the nearby areas of southern Epping Forest – together with such habitats as the City of London Cemetery amongst others – has a varied and numerous wildlife population. The following summary is taken from the Wanstead…