Below are sightings of fauna and flora at Swaines Green. 64 different species of bird have been seen on the site, 18 different mammal species have been recorded, plus a wide range of beetles, bugs, ants, wasps, bees, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, crickets, bats, reptiles, amphibians, spiders and woodlice. In addition, 120 different flowering plants have been recorded to date.

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  • 7 January 2019 at 9:26 am
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    Friday 4th Jan 2019 – 1 RAVEN seen flying over calling, heading SW at approx 14:30. I believe this is the first record for Swaines Green, although it has been recorded at Copped Hall in the past few years. These iconic birds are at last slowly coming back to Epping Forest having died out in Essex in the 1890s.

  • 28 December 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    28 Dec 2018 at dusk – Corvid roost in Forties Field: Magpie at least 50, Jackdaw 300; Thrush roost in Lovelocks Meadow: Blackbird 50, Fieldfare 15, Redwing 25. Also 1 Sparrowhawk flew into Lovelocks late dusk carrying a large rat!

  • 9 December 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    7 Dec 2018 pm. (partly cloudy and breezy after heavy morning rain) – 40 Linnets, 12 Blackbirds, 1 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (the first personally observed this year)

  • 9 December 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    29 Nov 2018 pm. (dull, mild, windy) – 1 Fieldfare, 15 Redwings, 15 Goldfinches
    1 Muntjac, 1 Fox

  • 9 December 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    8 Nov 2018 1400-1530 – Black-headed Gull 80, Common Gull 17, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 (gulls on adjacent newly tilled fields), Buzzard 2, Jackdaw 122, Rook 18, Carrion Crow 2, Magpie 16, Jay 3, Starling 2, Blackbird 1, Redwing 1, Dunnock 2, Wren 1, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 2, Long-tailed Tit 1, Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 4

  • 9 December 2018 at 4:28 pm
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    25 Oct 2018 1500-1630 – 2 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 7 Black-headed Gull over heading South, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Collared Doves, 3 Woodpigeons, 1 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtails, 18 Jackdaws, 7 Rooks, 2 Carrion Crows, 14 Magpies, 7 Starlings, 1 Blackbird, 5 Robins, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Great Tits, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrows

  • 9 December 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    4 Oct 2018 1700-1800 – 16 Woodpigeons, 2 Skylarks, 31 Jackdaws, 12 Rooks, 8 Carrion Crows, 6 Magpies, 3 Jays, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 8 Robins, 4 Dunnocks, 1 Wren, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinches, 30 Linnets

  • 9 December 2018 at 4:14 pm
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    28 Sept 2018 11:30-12:15 – 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, c10 Linnets

  • 21 September 2018 at 2:45 pm
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    05 June 2018 1345-1600 – Moorhen 2 (unfledged juveniles), Red Kite 1, Woodpigeon 51, Feral Pigeon 3, Collared Dove 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Carrion Crow 6, Jackdaw 13, Magpie 8, Swift 18, House Martin 3, Blue Tit 16, Great Tit 5, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 7, Garden Warbler 1 (singing male), Whitethroat 3 (1 pair carrying food), Wren 2, Starling 80, Blackbird 14, Song Thrush 1, Dunnock 2, Robin 5, House Sparrow 34, Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 1, Linnet 2, Goldfinch 5

  • 21 September 2018 at 2:34 pm
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    03 May 2018 – count of singing males: Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 6, Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 2, Wren 5, Blackbird 6, Song Thrush 2, Robin 9, Dunnock 2, Chaffinch 1. Other notable sightings: Linnet – pair seen mating, Bullfinch 1 pair, Red Kite 1, Kestrel 1, Skylark 1 singing overhead presumably from neighbouring field, Woodpigeon 53.

  • 21 September 2018 at 2:24 pm
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    26 Feb 2018 1600-1700 – 2 Mallard, 3 Buzzards, 31 Woodpigeons, 9 Carrion Crows, 2 Rooks, 20 Jackdaws, 16 Magpies, 1 Jay, 10 Blue Tits, 6 Great Tits, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Wrens, 18 Starlings, 12 Blackbirds, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Robins, 6 House Sparrows, 5 Chaffinches, **2 HAWFINCHES ** (2 seen in Lovelock’s Meadow, then 30 min later 2 seen in Middle Lincoln’s Field – same two or different? – believed first record for Swaines Green), 1 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinches, 1 Linnet, 18 Goldfinches

  • 21 September 2018 at 1:53 pm
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    28 Feb 2018 1600-1700 – snow cover, ice day – 1 Little Owl, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker

  • 21 September 2018 at 1:49 pm
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    25 Jan 2018 pm. – 36 Linnets, 1 male Brambling

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