London bird sightings

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Thought London ate wildlife for breakfast? Think again. You can see plenty of remarkable birds here — and in some surprising locations too. Birdwatcher and author David Darrell-Lambert chooses 10 unusual places to go spotting in the capital and just outside. Officially this is now called Beddington Farmlands , but it was created back in the s for the treatment of sewage sludge, and now has the added glamour of a waste incinerator. The place teems with gulls, and also hosts one of Greater London's last populations of Tree Sparrows.

A permit is required to visit. Alongside the A12 east of Rainham is a conical green hill. Large tipper trucks still visit the part that remains a working landfill site. But the rest has been capped and grassed over, and the top is a fabulous vantage-point from which to survey the Thames and Rainham Marshes. Great for viewing skylarks high up in the heavens, or a Raven cronking through the sky. Richard Hillary, author of wartime memoir The Last Enemy, was shot down in after taking off from here. It's since been landscaped as Hornchurch Country Park , and opened as a nature reserve in The farmland at the edge offers a chance of seeing the rare yellowhammer.

Southend might not strictly be in London but it's under an hour from Fenchurch Street or Liverpool Street, and remarkably rich in birdlife. Brent Geese congregate on the foreshore around the pier, and if you walk out along its prodigious length you'll see turnstones perched tamely on the railings.

Or Tate Modern, or even the Houses of Parliament: Peregrines don't see an art deco masterpiece or Victorian gothic revival: just a tall cliff handy for a nesting-place. London's Peregrine population is booming , with over 30 pairs breeding. The capital's ambient light helps them catch other birds migrating through at night. The old shooting targets have been preserved, and the reedbeds alongside are the best place to find the beautiful bearded tit.

One of seven around London's sprawling Magnificent Seven , Tower Hamlets Cemetery saw its last burial in , and now trees and spring snowdrops surround its grand gravestones and mausoleums. Look out for a glimpse of the tiny but spectacular firecrest. Wormwood Scrubs is the name of not only the fortress-like prison from which George Blake was sprung, but also the acres of open space alongside.

Its scrubby areas are great for chats — predominantly moorland dwellers like the whinchat and stonechat. The so-called Stone Barges marooned on the east bank of the Thames near Rainham are neither barges nor made of stone. They're the remains of an unused mulberry harbour constructed for the D-Day Landings in to bring supplies ashore in Normandy.

It's now home to black-tailed godwits with their long, upcurved bills. Not the Serengeti: Richmond Park. The herds of deer here tolerate the jackdaws sitting on their backs because they pick tiny insects and mites off them.

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