Birds in Boughs

 

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Ash Bough @ Little Dor­rit Play­ground © Cath­er­ine du Toit

A spotting from the location Little Dorrit

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A short word about trees

Most of the decidu­ous trees in Europe can resprout wherever the trunk is broken. They can sur­vive the extreme pun­ish­ment — hack­ing, split­ting, tramp­ling — inflic­ted when a hedge is laid. Under­storey trees such as holly, box and yew have much tougher roots and branches than can­opy trees, des­pite car­ry­ing less weight. Our trees, in other words, bear strong signs of adapt­a­tion to ele­phants … The ele­phant in the forest is the ele­phant in the room: the huge and obvi­ous fact that every­one has over­looked.” George Monbiot

Nestworks St George the Martyr

Read the full art­icle with a mani­festo for rewild­ing the world or see it made simple in an anim­ated video

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State of Nature

“We’re get­ting on for a third more people liv­ing in this coun­try over the last fifty years and on top of that we have this extraordin­ary expert­ise in des­troy­ing things, in pois­on­ing things, in knock­ing down things …” David Attenborough

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House Spar­row, Park Street SE1 © Cath­er­ine du Toit / 51% Studios
 

Listen to David Atten­bor­ough on the State of The Nature Report released today [22 May] by 25 wild­life organ­isa­tions here

Down­load the full report from the RSPB here

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The Cathedral Starlings

This little gang of six as ten­a­cious as ever — though the cathed­ral gar­dens packed at four o’clock on a sunny after­noon, they weren’t afraid to play and fight over scraps of left over lunch.

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Earlier they were spot­ted play­ing in the gut­ters of of Bor­ough Mar­ket, at first drink­ing, and then bathing …

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Pho­tos © Peter Holden
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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted at Union St Urban Orch­ard Pair of Gold­finches fly­ing east at speed along Union Street. At some point the site of the former Urban Orch­ard was turned into the Reunion Pub­lic House. All foliage gone. Large block of flats being con­struc­ted next door. One Nest­work miss­ing from wall.

A spotting from the location Union St Urban Orchard

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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted at Cop­per­field Street Black­bird, three squir­rels and Holly Blue But­ter­fly. Vir­ginia creeper removed from facade, and ivy from base of tree, but a con­sid­er­able dense patch of ivy remains on the garden perimeter.

A spotting from the location Copperfield Street

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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted  at Lucy Brown House Pair of spar­rows in dense bushes and another pair heard in ivy near Blocks 1 & 2

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A spotting from the location Lucy Brown House

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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted at Little Dor­rit Two male Dun­nocks singing in shrub­bery near Boughs. Three Mal­lards fly in form­a­tion onto lawn of Babing­ton House. Pair of crows in large Plane Tree. Blue Tit heard but not seen. Upwards of 30 pigeons on the lawn.

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A spotting from the location Little Dorrit

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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted at Mint Street Chaffinch heard singing in trees oppos­ite fire sta­tion. Lawn full of pigeons … con­struc­tion work continues.

A spotting from the location Mint Street

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Spotting on 02/05/2013 by Catherine du Toit & Peter Holden

Spot­ted at St George the Mar­tyr. Male Blue Tit singing in large plane, in hedge and planted screen. Female heard singing from within the block 7, before emer­ging to join her mate, then return­ing a few minutes later. Two crows busy over­head, back­wards and for­wards. Squir­rel patrolling peri­meter and upwards of thirty pigeons in con­stant state of flux on lawns.

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A spotting from the location St George the Martyr

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