Local Natural History Walks

Tricia MoxeyFriday Morning
10.00am -11.30am

Autumn (10w)


Spring term


Summer (10w)



If you would like to know more about the natural history, why not join these gently paced walks in various localities to find out which trees, flowers and animals can be found in the different habitats and see how these change through the seasons?

This course is a chance to explore the natural history of Epping Forest and its surrounding area including the Roding Valley Nature Reserve. It is anticipated that during this course, there will be visits to Knighton Wood, Powell’s Forest, Linder’s Field and North Farm, Connaught Water and the
banks of the River Roding as well as several other places of interest.

There will be an opportunity to see some really ancient trees, some fascinating fungi, flower rich meadows and flourishing hedgerows as well as ponds and see something of the various creatures which inhabit these areas. Guidance will be given concerning their identification and there will be
a chance to discuss the interdependence between the various organisms.

Those attending the walks should come prepared to get a little muddy and wear suitable outdoor clothing. Do please bring binoculars and a camera if you wish as well as a notebook.

(Walks start at 10 .00 am and finish about 11.30.)

View or download Spring Term 2020 walks programme. (pdf file) 

.View or download course handout pdf file

Advice on ticks and Lyme Disease (pdf file)

Suggested background reading:
Anon (1993) Guide book to Epping Forest. Corporation of London
EFDC Local Nature Reserves in the Epping Forest District. EFDC
Green, Georgina. (1982) Epping Forest through the Ages. Private Pub
Hoy, Ken. (2002) Getting to Know Epping Forest. Friends of Epping Forest
Leutscher, Alfred. (1974) Epping Forest – its history and wildlife. David & Charles

There are a number of excellent identification books printed by Collins on Trees, Flowers, Mammals, Birds, Insects, etc.

The Conservators of Epping Forest have produced an OS map of Epping Forest or you may prefer the OS Explorer Map 174 Epping Forest and the Lee Valley.

Biographical note: Tricia Moxey has lived in the district for 35 years and is familiar with its natural history. Although originally trained as a botanist, she is keen to share with others her enthusiasm for and knowledge of many aspects of natural world.