Hainault Forest Website

Written, Designed and with Photographs by Brian Ecott

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Centenary Day 

Dogs at Hainault

Farm  and Zoo

Fauna photos

Flora photos

 Forest Churches

Forest History

Hainault Forest modern

Forest Postcards


Info and Things to do

Lichen Photos


Nature Detective

Nature Diary


Plant gall photos

 Slime moulds

Social History

Species data

Tree identification

Water features

BBC London TV - Hainault Military Camp


Welcome to my personal web site, within which, I hope to share with you the History and Wildlife of Hainault Forest, gathered over many years, whilst living close by in Hainault and Clayhall, in the London Borough of Redbridge. The people of Redbridge should be proud of those visionaries who in 1903 secured Hainault Forest as an open space, for us, forever.

We are indebted to Edward North Buxton and the Leaders of the Local Authorities for making it possible.



 NEW A self guided walk for you to do

NEW Nature diary March 2014

  Bill Winmill of Chigwell Row

Fairlop Memorial and Remembrance

  Early transport in the forest villages

 Bird photographs

 NEW Hainault Forest GLC period

  Forest Keepers of the past



"A lovely website (without adverts) which explores native trees found within UK, with accompanying. photographs. Thanks for sharing with the education community."


Grey Squirrel 8th March 2014 Michael Rumble

Bluebell Walk

Saturday 26th April   10.30am-12.30pm

Come and join the nature conservation ranger on a guided walk of Claybury Woods at its most beautiful time of year, when the bluebells and other spring flowers will be on display. Meet at: Claybury Park at entrance on Tomswood Hill, near to Wannock Gardens.



BEETLES inc Ladybirds revised

BEES, Wasps, Sawflies, Ants  revised


DRAGONFLIES and Damselflies

FLIES and Hoverflies revised

GRASSHOPPERS and Crickets revised

MOTHS and Caterpillars revised


SLUGS and Snails revised

SPIDERS and Harvestmen revised

TRUE BUGS Shield & Squash and Capsid bugs


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Webmaster: brian@hainaultforest.co.uk  HFCP Manager: Paul.Browne@visionrcl.org.uk  Woodland Trust:   tonychadwick@woodland-trust.org.uk

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