Wild London: The Nature of a Capital
In contrast to the normal vision of London, this title showcases the astonishing, remarkable and fascinating diversity of wildlife to be found within its boundaries. Discover newts at Heathrow, stag nights in south London, tranquil urban wetlands theatreland frogs and even seals and dolphins in the Thames - just a few of the city's wild highlights.
- ISBN: 9780954311513
- Author(s): Iain Green
- Stock Code: 4311513
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour photographs
- Pages: 176
- Published: 2005
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by Marianne Taylor
Many people are unaware that the city of London is rich in wildlife, and that many of the most interesting and spectacular species can be seen within a few minutes' walk of the tourist trail.
The first 8 chapters are an informative 'where to watch' guide describing key sites from the city centre to the suburbs, along with what you can expect to see. This ranges from wildfowl and birds of prey in the centre of town to deer and other mammals around Richmond, and from butterfly and wildflower hot spots to a haven for wading birds and water voles beside the Thames.
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The parks, reservoirs, rooftops and gardens of London, here defined as the area within 20 miles of St Paul's Cathedral, have a surprisingly rich avifauna, including a healthy population of one of Britain's rarest breeders, the Black Redstart. The region also has a remarkable list of rarities. In recent years Canary Wharf has proven to be a magnet for vagrants, while one of the very few British records of Tengmalm's Owl hails from Plaistow, an unfortunate bird stoned to death by local urchins in 1877.
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Max Nicholson's personal account of bird-watching in inner London in the mid 1920s based on his own observations. Separate chapters cover ducks and gulls flylines over London, the birds of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park (with updated appendix) and bird protection in London. The front cover also includes a colour illustration by Charles Tunnicliffe. c220pp. 1995 LNHS