Moves to en­cour­age birds back to City

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

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.

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