Ainslie Wood and Larks Wood are situated in Chingford, London, E.4. in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Larks Wood is the larger of the two woods. It covers two adjacent hills and there are some clearly defined paths.
The Friends Group was formed in December 2004 and meets the second Sunday of each month at 11.00 a.m. at Larkswood Recreation Ground (Normanshire Drive entrance).
Ainslie Wood was privately owned until fairly recently and not accessible to the public until the London Borough of Waltham Forest became responsible for its preservation. Small as it is, it has some very interesting and rare flora and no doubt due to its isolation for so long a range of wildlife not often found in such an urban setting.
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Ecology of the woods
Both woods have oak, hornbeam and the rarer wild service tree. Also some hazel, crab-apple, field maple, hawthorne, blackthorn and rowan can be seen around the woods. Larks Wood is also home to some beech and a few wild cherry trees.
There are many birds in the woods, both common amd uncommon. It is very easy to see the great spotted woodpecker, blue tits, great tits, robins, wrens, long tailed tits and jays. You may even see a tree creeper, a nuthatch or a black cap. Occasionally tawny owls can be heard at night and bats can be observed too.
Blue bells and wood anemones are a lovely sight around the wodland edge in spring. Also in lesser numbers violets and celandine can be seen.
Squirrels are very commonly seen in the day and foxes are regularly seen in the evening