Hainault Forest Website

Written and Designed by Brian Ecott



The Wolf Moon

The Wolf moon was captured by Raymond Small on the 1st January 2018 over Hainault Forest.

Lichens on willow bark

Raymond Small sent me a photograph of a mass of lichens on an old willow trunk which stands on the site of Foxburrow Farm pond by the second car park. I have enlarged and named them on the left of the picture.

24th January 2018

Lecidella elaeochroma

 Lecanora chlarotera.

Xanthoria parietina

Illosporiopsis christiansenii

Xanthoria parietina with fruiting bodies,   

Physcia tenella above and on the top of the picture (left)..


Tiny lichen on another willow tree in the old farm pond complex. Above and left is Physcia tenella showing a lone fruiting body, not commonly seen on this species.

27th January 2018

Photos Brian Ecott.

Lichen Lepraria incana on old birch tree. .It is a powdery lichen, the commonest lichen in Eastern England. Photo Brian Ecott   23rd January 2018



Catkins of Hazel in Alice's Hedge. 24th January 2018

Scans Brian Ecott

The tiny female flowers can be seen as the top of the catkins (above). An enlargement of a female flower (left).

Masses of pollen is produced by the catkins and is carried by the wind to pollinate the female flowers which will develop into Hazelnuts in late summer - a favourite of the grey squirrels



7th July 2017

Gone but not forgotten

A few Harebells Campanula rotundifolia grew on Cabin Hill in the early nineteen-sixties. Armed with my Pentax S1a loaded with Kodak Kodachrome film I took a picture. It's August 1971 and Decimal Year. Photo Brian Ecott.
It was a dark and stormy night....   Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Poet (1803-1873)

High winds  brought down this magnificent Beech, possible the largest on Hog Hill. Raymond Small measured it to be 22m tall and it had  a girth of 2.86m  

Photo Brian Ecott  3rd January 2018

The shallow rooting which measured 3.5m high showed a sandy base. The whole of the grassland and playing areas in the Country Park is London Clay which was laid down under deep seas which covered the area. As the seas became shallow a final deposit of clay was deposited which was sandier and referred to as the Claygate Member or Claygate Bed. It consisted of a fine sandy soil which capped areas such as Hog Hill and Dog Kennel Hill. Where this Beech has fallen it has exposed this layer.  See Forest Topography page
Under bark spider
This female spider  Nuctenea umbratica - body length 14mm lives under bark or in crevices. It has a flat abdomen and it tucks its legs under the body which is how I found it.   Pushing it at the back encouraged it to attempt to walk as in this picture. 29th January 2018. Photo Brian Ecott
Collective nouns

A flock, a shop or a gathering of Rough Woodlice under bark 20th January 2018 Photo Brian Ecott

A small Raft of Shoveller ducks male and female watched by two Black-headed gulls are feeding on the lake. 29th December 2017 Photo Michael Rumble Usually at Hainault the Shovellers feed in pairs shovelling up planrt debris and invertebrates - back-swimmers and snails. They are a winter visitor here.
The Ugly Duckling  Hans Christian Andersen (18051875).

There once was an ugly duckling with feathers all stubby and brown, and the other birds said in so many words," Get out of town."

Get out, get out, get out of town. And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack in a flurry of eiderdown.

That poor little ugly duckling went wandering far and near but at every place they said to his face "Now get out, get out, get out of here."

And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack and a very unhappy tear.

Mute swan. January 2018 Photo Brian Ecott

Robin 17th January 2018  Photo Michael Rumble

Magpie  2nd January 2018, Photo Brian Ecott.  Ted's Field.

Moonlight picture of a cormorant and two greylags on lake. January 31st 2018 2330h. Photo Michael Trump.

European gorse

The European gorse Ulex europaeus  looks at its best in January at the back of the Horse Field.  Photo Brian Ecott  29th January 2018

This honey bee thought so too, filling its pollen sacs. It was a sunny day and Raymond Small grabbed this great photo.

Winter fungi

Witches butter Exidia glandulosa on Beech  23rd January 2018  Photo Brian Ecott

Velvet shank Flammulina velutipes on dead willow on the site of  Foxburrows Farm pond.  27th January 2018  Photo Brian Ecott

Willow bracket Phelllinus igniarius on base of old willow  on site of the former Foxburrows Farm pond  28th January 2018 Photo Brian Ecott   

Jelly ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae on dead elderberry stem. 28th January 2018  Hog Hill. Photo Brian Ecott

Polypody fern

The lone Western Polypody Polypodium interjectum continues to grow well, although no sign of other plants in the area.

 25th January 2018.  Photo Brian Ecott

Once in a Blue moon

Mick Trump captured this image of the Super moon or Blue moon. 31st January 2018 2330h.

and finally.......  Colds and Flu in the 1940's
My childhood memories of colds and flu in the forties and fifties was horrible red medicines for colds and chest problems and the smell of eucalyptus oil or Vick on my pillow or vest. The first chemist in New North Road Hainault was Wathens (8 Station Parade) followed by Mr Hooker (208 New North Road) same place but renumbered. Dr Gilchrist was the doctor at 2 Fencepiece Road while Dr A. Findlay was away on War Service.