Cap­i­tal bird­ing

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

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - Brenna Boyle is a wildlife guide and en­vi­ron­men­tal teacher in London. She runs Wild Cap­i­tal: wild­cap­i­ WORDS: BRENNA BOYLE

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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