All the Best Places to See Birds in the Capital
In mid-2017 Safe Haven published a guide to London’s street trees – a sales and critical success whose first printing sold out by Christmas. Now it follows up with a second quirky London guide in the same style – on where to watch birds in the capital.
Predictably for such a beautifully green city, London is rich in bird life – and not just pigeons, gulls and parakeets. Its flagship wetland reserves at Barnes, Woodberry Down and Rainham offer everything from bitterns to avocets, marsh harriers to bar-tailed godwits.
But the sharp-eyed can spot wonderful birds in more mundane London settings: over 100 species listed in a year on Hampstead Heath alone, from goldcrests to hobbies. Peregrine falcons nest in the Barbican and on Battersea Power Station. A short walk from East India Dock DLR is a secluded backwater frequented by teal and shoveler ducks.
Some 40 birding locations are covered, all round Greater London, from central London parks to ancient woodlands, restored wetlands and even days out at the seaside that can be easily reached by public transport. All are illustrated with beautiful colour photographs.
Birdwatching London will appeal to everyone from the keen birder to those in search of a weekend afternoon walk amid nature with something else to look at. You'll be amazed at the variety of birdlife in every corner of the capital.
David Darrell-Lambert runs the Birdbrain UK ornithological consultancy, regularly carrying out bird population surveys for London boroughs and businesses. He lives in the London Borough of Havering.
24 May 2018
full colour throughout
160 x 160mm
ISBN-13: 978 0 9932911 5 9
Published in association with the London Wildlife Trust