7 BLACK RED­START

Bird Watching (UK) - - Destination London -

One London bird is a waste­land spe­cial­ist; the Black Red­start. It’s an in­sec­tiv­o­rous bird whose nat­u­ral habi­tat is rock-falls and scree slopes. It’s not hard to imag­ine there­fore it do­ing well on the rub­ble of bomb sites af­ter the Blitz and per­sist­ing at rail­way yards, fac­tory sites and around the London docks. Rede­vel­op­ment af­ter the war and con­ver­sion of in­dus­trial sites to res­i­den­tial ones has re­duced habi­tat avail­abil­ity for the Black Red­start, but pairs do still in­habit cen­tral London. Green roofs are a cur­rent strat­egy to help pro­vide new habi­tat for the species.

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