Let’s start where I first began, with the Goldfinch. If we are asked to imagine a Goldfinch, what springs to mind is a bird feeding on a seed head of Teasel. With their stout beaks, Goldfinches are well adapted to dealing with tough seeds husks. The Goldfinch thrives in London and charms can often be seen flying from one London Plane tree to the next. The seed balls of the capital’s popular street tree provide good eating for these little granivores (seed eaters). Look out for Goldfinches outside the breeding season when charms can reach more than 50 individuals strong.