Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats BioBlitz

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!

The Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group is holding a BioBlitz weekend where you can learn about and help record this amazing diversity.

Organised by the Wren Wildlife Group, and supported by the City of London Corporation, our team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can, all against the clock over the course of just one weekend.

Everything that is identified and counted will be fed into local and national databases helping to promote and protect your local area for everyone. You need no prior knowledge. All events will be fun, interactive and appeal to all ages.

Friday 16th June

21:00 - 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).

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 - 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 McEwan and Kathy Hartnett 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 - 15:00 - Nature Club. Storytelling, Minibeast Hunt, & Crafts Meet at The Temple. £3.50 per child. Leaders: Jo Blackman and Rebecca Wynn 14:00 - Pond Dipping in Shoulder of Mutton pond (90 minutes) Leaders: Derek McEwan, and Cathy Hartnett.

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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