New wildlife habitat in London

This video is called Camley Street Natural Park, London Wildlife Trust 2009.

Another video is An Introduction To Water Gardens.

From Wildlife Extra:

New wildlife habitat created in the heart of London

22/07/2009 14:35:51

Paddington Recreation ground to get new wetlands

July 2009. A new wetland wildlife habitat is to be created in the heart of London by Westminster Council and environmental charity Groundwork London. They are working together to create a new open water area and wetland meadow in Paddington Recreation Ground.

This is the latest phase in creating a dedicated 3,200m nature area with the addition of a series of wildlife-rich ponds and marshlands that it is hoped will attract a variety of species including frogs, toads, water voles, great crested newts and dragonflies.

New timber decking pathways will surround the ponds to give visitors full access to the water and damp meadow habitats, and a wooden ‘dipping’ platform will also be built to allow school children to take part in pond-dipping and learn about the variety of animals that live in the water.

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    August 2, 2009

    12 of the best British wildlife breaks

    Britain’s wildlife does’t mind a spot of rain, so neither should you. We’ve a dozen top ideas, plus one in Ireland

    Jeremy Lazell

    Isobel’s talking rain, the Met Office is back-pedalling on its promise of a “barbecue summer”, and now we have to watch out for French storms as well? Sorry, but non.

    No more rainy-day backups, no more hoping for blue sky: our summer may stink, but our wildlife this week is fantastic.

    Ospreys are fledging in Scotland, seals are pupping in Norfolk, gannet chicks are squawking off the stunning coast of Kerry.

    To hell with the weather — the encounters below are worth braving the elements for, but we’ve added plenty of cosy hides just in case the sun never shows.


    Bad weather can be good news off Cornwall: upswellings bring nutrients to the surface, sardines and squid vacuum them up, then dolphins home in like vultures to a kill. Superpods of 1,000 or more common dolphins are sometimes seen. Sailing from Falmouth at 10am, 2pm and 5pm, Orca Sea Safaris has two-hour trips, with basking shark, dolphin and seal sightings all possible (01326 214928,; adults £39.50, children £28).


    All but muscled out of southern England by their brash American cousins, red squirrels thrive on Brownsea Island, a 550-acre haven at the entrance to Poole harbour (01202 707744, It’s littered with hides, all but guaranteeing sightings of the island’s 200-odd red squirrels. Better yet, they’re more active when it’s wet and cold. Get there by ferry from Sandbanks (£5 return; 01929 462383,

    3 RED DEER

    Exmoor’s 4,000 red deer form the largest concentration of Cervus elaphus in Britain. Get downwind of a herd in the westerlies they’re forecasting, and your chances of whites-of-the-eyes encounters with Britain’s largest mammal are good. Barle Valley Safaris (01643 851386, has guided half-day (£25) and full-day (£50) 4WD tours from Dulverton, Dunster and Minehead.

    4 BATS

    The best urban wildlife site in Europe, the Wetland Centre (020 8409 4400,, in Barnes, southwest London, has guided bat walks every Thursday evening. You’ll be looking for pipistrelles and the other eight species swooping about the 100-acre reserve. Tickets cost £10, the walk starts at 8.10pm this week, and you may well encounter tawny owls and foxes, too.


    More than 100,000 pairs, to be precise, turning the skies over Skomer a raucous black as they fly back at dusk to feed their chicks. Incredible, but you’ll need to stay on the island to see them, with the only option five self-catering bunkhouse rooms (01239 621212,; £35pp per night, £15 for under-16s sharing).

    Ferries leave Martin’s Haven five times daily this week between 10am and noon (adults £10, children £6).


    Wales could see the worst of the weather this week, so a bird hide 200yd from a pub may be a good bet. Just round the corner from the Red Pig, in the village of Llanddeusant at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Red Kite Feeding Centre attracts about 20 of the 150 or so pairs of red kites now in Wales (01550 740617,; adults £3, children £1.50).

    7 SEALS

    If anywhere’s getting sunshine this week, it’s Norfolk, where Beans Boat Trips (01263 740505,; adults £8, children £4) has two, or sometimes three, excursions per day to Blakeney Point, home to about 800 grey and common seals, some with pups. Sailing from Morston Quay, trips can last up to two hours, including up to an hour on Blakeney Point itself.


    The Highlands have most of Britain’s golden eagles, but the Riggindale Valley has the most famous — a magnificent 12-year-old male that nests in the inaccessible crags above Haweswater. The RSPB hide and viewing platform 12 miles southwest of Penrith (01931 713376, are good places to see him, with wardens and telescopes on hand at weekends to aid you in your quest.

    9 OTTERS

    Pesticides pretty much wiped the otter from our shores in the 1970s, but with rivers cleaner and conservation more evolved, your chances of spotting one have never been better. Druridge Bay — where they never died out — is one of the best bets, with hides dotted about the coastal pools, linked by cycle routes and footpaths. There are marsh harriers, wildfowl and waders in abundance, and the icing on the cake is the three miles of beautiful beach. The visitor centre (01670 760968) is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

    10 BEAVERS
    Argyll & Bute

    Extinct in Britain for more than 400 years, beavers are back, having been introduced to the Knapdale Forest in May. The Scottish Beaver Trail, around Loch Coille-Bharr, is the place to find them. Park at the 24-hour Barnluasgan Interpretation Centre, two miles north of Tayvallich, off the B8025 (01631 566155,


    Probably the best place in Britain to see minke whales and dolphins, as well as porpoises and basking sharks, Mull is also home to 11 pairs of white-tailed sea eagles and the highest density of golden eagles in the UK.

    All can be seen on a 30-minute whale-watching trip with Sea Life Surveys (01688 302916,; adult £12, children £6). There’s also a six-hour option, costing £75 (recommended age 14+).

    12 OSPREYS
    Perth & Kinross

    Ospreys were once extinct in Britain; now there are more than 200 pairs, most of them in Scotland. Hide from the rain and spot them at Loch of the Lowes, where there’s a hide 200yd across the water from a nest with two fledged chicks, so you can watch them fishing for pike and perch. The visitor centre is open from 10am to 5pm (01350 727337,; adults £3.50, children free).

    13 GANNETS
    Co Kerry

    A tiny island jutting out of the Atlantic, 10 miles off the Kerry coast, might not sound like the perfect place for sitting out the rain. But with 70,000 gannets nesting on Little Skellig, it’s worth the effort. Sailing from Portmagee pier at 10am daily, Joe Roddy (00 353 87 120 9924, offers tours of Little and Great Skellig (€45), with 2½ hours on land to explore the 6th-century monastery and see the nesting puffins. Full waterproofs are provided.


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