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Wildlife and nature

Extra care should be taken when driving through Epping Forest as Fallow Deer are more likely to be moving around and appear less wary of traffic.

Managing the Forest

The Epping Forest management team has the task of maintaining the natural habitats developed over more than 1,000 years for use by people and their grazing animals. These traditional uses have created a diverse landscape that includes areas of historic wood-pasture, green lanes, ancient pollarded trees and grassy plains.

The Forest today

Epping Forest is still a wonderfully natural landscape, rich in wildlife and history. The forest is internationally renowned for its ancient pollarded trees - primarily oak, beech and hornbeam. Such trees are many hundreds of years old and support a wealth of insects and fungi including many quite rare and vulnerable species.

Protecting the Forest

The importance of nature conservation to the forest has resulted in more than two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. There are around 500 rare and endangered insect species in the Forest.

Conservation is a multi-faceted task as much concerned with clearing ponds as it is with rediscovering the lost art of pollarding trees. The City of London's skilled forest workforce is assisted on many conservation projects by enthusiastic groups of local volunteers including the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers and the Wren Group.

The Epping Forest Field Centre

The Epping Forest Field Studies Centre at High Beach, managed by the Field Studies Council on behalf of the City of London, provides courses on natural sciences and geography for schoolchildren and a wide range of professional and general interest courses for adults.

The Epping Forest Centenary Trust

Useful and practical conservation tasks for adult, youth and school groups are organised by the Epping Forest Centenary Trust. All abilities are catered for and tasks carried out under proper supervision.

Contact details

The Epping Forest Centenary Trust
The Warren Lodge
Loughton IG10 4RN

Email the team.
020 8508 9061

Conservation Links

    Deer in Epping Forest sanctuary

    ​Fallow deer in Epping Forest sanctuary