Wanstead Flats: scrub management

Visitors to Wanstead Flats have recently commented on scrub clearance work there, and have expressed concern at the possible impact on wildlife.

Annual scrub management has been carried out on Wanstead Flats by the Conservators for many years. This regular work is aimed at conserving the small section of the Epping Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Wanstead, keeping pathways open and maintaining firebreaks.

Epping Forest has produced a briefing to explain the rationale behind this work, which may be read and downloaded from here.