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August 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Copped Hall Open Day - REPORT

Copped Hall Open Day - REPORT

Copped Hall Open Day - report by Jeff Gooding (click on Download File link to see photos)

On Sunday 27th August, Debbie, Nadine and I attended the Copped Hall Open Day. Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion, close to Epping, that is currently under restoration. It is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion is visible from the M25 (between junctions 26 and 27) which passes through a corner of the park. The mansion and gardens are situated on a site of ancient human habitation. Important buildings were demolished when the present mansion was built and archaeological digs take place in the grounds to reveal the site's history.
When we arrived to set up, the weather was set fair for the day and the mansion and the grounds looked glorious (see photo 1).

We were shown where we were to be positioned for the day by Vicky, one of the volunteers at Copped Hall and began setting up. We had a good supply of pin badges, a tombola and a new bird ID game, together with details of the group's activities and new bunting to boot (see photo 2)!

The good weather brought out lots of visitors and the Copped Hall Trust had brought together a wide range of activities and stalls for visitors to enjoy including a fleet of vintage cars and a Pimms tent (see photos 3 and 4).

One of the joys of doing events is engaging with the public on a wide range of subjects. We had conversations about how feral pigeons have developed a liking for nesting under solar panels (something I was not aware of!) and how best to deter them from doing this, a gentlemen who could remember the time when red squirrels could be found in Epping Forest and a lady's sheer delight and disbelief that she had seen a Grey Wagtail in her central London garden!

At the end of a busy and hot day, we had raised some funds for the RSPB, enjoyed sharing our passion with the visitors and seen some wildlife along the way - as our sightings board (embellished by my daughter, see photo 5) shows. Thanks to all the Copped Hall volunteers for putting on such a good event and we thank Vicky particularly as this was her last Open Day.

If you haven't visited Copped Hall, I can thoroughly recommend it. Progress is being made restoring the mansion and the gardens and grounds are beautifully kept and are well worth exploring. Keep an eye on their website for future events, including the ever popular Apple Day on 8th October.

The below link ( will give you more information,including directions to these lovely grounds.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes

Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes

On Saturday 5 August RSPB Rainham Marshes is hosting an event organized by Birders Against Wildlife Crime to mark Hen Harrier Day 2017 - to celebrate Hen Harriers and publicize their plight. We'd like to invite you to join us for this rally, featuring speeches and activities suitable for individuals or families!

We're anticipating a busy day and are urging people to use public transport. Chris Packham, Mark Thomas and Rob Sheldon will all be speaking so please join us in saying 'We want our Hen Harriers back', at RSPB Rainham Marshes!

Get making those banners and placards!


Click on link below to see more info and two wonderful photos of Hen Harriers