Planning a visit to London to do the Christmas shopping? Passing through en route to Heathrow, and exotic birding locations? Then stop off and do some birding in the capital
Think London isn’t an ideal destination for birdwatchers? Then think again
ICAME TO LONDON from the Peak District via the Scottish Highlands to work as an environmental teacher and wildlife guide. As I made my way down the grey terraced streets heading for my new flat, it would be fair to say that I had my concerns about what birds I might see. My hopes were raised by a flock of small brown birds which suddenly flew overhead – a charm of Goldfinches, a wonderful sight to see.
Adorned with vibrant red and gold, their jolly chirping carried clearly over the background traffic noise. A charm of Goldfinches. This first moment of unexpected wildlife discovery gave me confidence that London has more to offer than is often assumed, and I have continued to be surprised and delighted by the natural history of our capital ever since. I’d like to share with you 10 bird species that, believe it or not, are all Londoners. So, whether you’re in the capital just to enjoy a spot of birdwatching, or you’re visiting as a tourist to take in the sights and its many attractions, then make sure you look out for these 10 bird species while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed!
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