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Foxes – A mammal for London

Foxes – A mammal for London

I used to see foxes when I was a child in the countryside but rarely. Since I moved to London, 30 years ago, they are almost a daily sight.

A hairstreak on the heath

A hairstreak on the heath

The hairstreak moved around the ragwort unperturbed. For ten minutes it slowly worked the golden florets.

Habitats – wildflower verges and buses

Habitats – wildflower verges and buses

Wildflower verges – we need more wildflower verges in London like those on Blackheath. Blanket mowing of roadside grass really needs to become the rarity not the norm in London.

Buildings, birds, Wildlondoncomp

Buildings, birds, Wildlondoncomp

Anyone familiar with my work over the last 20 or so years in London will know my association with the black redstart. It was in fact, how i became involved in green roofs.

London habitats 1 – green roofs

London habitats 1 – green roofs

Habitats for wildlife in London are varied. Would most Londoners think of green roofs in the capital as wild space? I suspect not. And I am pretty sure most Londoners would not be aware of their existence.

Butterfly Count 2015

Butterfly Count 2015

The Big Butterfly Count has only a few days to go. It finishes on 9th August. Since 17th July I have been out counting on Blackheath. Map of...

Veronica by the Ravensbourne in Lewisham

Veronica by the Ravensbourne in Lewisham

The patch of Brooklime (Veronica Beccabunga) some few bumblebees and Honey bees. Some used the leaves to drink water others just collected nectar.

Early Spring Butterflies

Early Spring Butterflies

Spring sunlight bathed the southern part of the bank in warmth. Life suddenly felt a whole lot better. A Comma (Polygonia c-album) was the first to catch my eye.

Black Redstarts on London Olympic Green Roof

Black Redstarts on London Olympic Green Roof

Black Redstarts on the largest green roof at the London Olympic Site are breeding. So green roofs do work work for biodiversity and they do work for black redstarts.

Reflections of being a Punk for a day

Reflections of being a Punk for a day

'The Barclays building in Canary Wharf has a green roof designed by former punk and urban ecologist Dusty Gedge of Livingroofs.org, who thinks it's...

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