Moves to encourage birds back to City
EAST VILLAGE, the former Athletes’ Village of the 2012 Olympics, has commissioned a range of London landmark inspired bird boxes to encourage birds back to the capital. Research has revealed that Starlings, Blue Tits, Blackbirds and House Sparrows have been disappearing from the capital’s gardens over the past 12 years, and East Village, a green haven in the middle of the city, and home to rare Black Redstarts, has joined up with the RSPB to spread awareness of these findings. Neil Young, CEO of Get Living London which manages and rents homes in East Village, says that as one of London’s greenest neighbourhoods, East Village has invested heavily to encourage wildlife, including planting trees and creating ‘living roofs’. The new bird boxes, created by Essex carpenter Pete Bagg, take the form of 10 famous London landmarks, such as the Gherkin, Buckingham Palace, Battersea Power Station and the Lee Valley Velodrome, and it is hoped that they will encourage birds to make their home in the area, while raising awareness of the plight of our garden birds.