British brownfield wildlife

This video from England says about itself:

BBC Natural World – The Unnatural History of London

8 July 2012

Seals, parakeets and even pelicans that eat pigeons have all made London their home. That’s as well as badgers, foxes, scorpions, and pigeons that ride the tube.

From Wildlife Extra:

Brownfield sites proven to provide valuable habitat for invertebrates

The conservation organisation Buglife has recently launched a one-stop shop for information on brownfield sites and their resident invertebrates. The Brownfield Hub is intended to help anyone – from ecologists to planners, developers to wildlife lovers – to understand the value of brownfield sites for our rare British invertebrates.

A brownfield site is a piece of land that has been altered by human activity, but which is not currently in use. Brownfield sites offer a precious ‘mosaic’ of habitats, providing variety that is rare in the wider landscape and can support important populations of scarce invertebrates.

On the Brownfield Hub are a series of downloadable PDFs which highlight the importance of these habitats for rare wildlife, how to identify open mosaic habitats on previously developed land, and how to manage them for key invertebrate groups. There are also useful case studies of Buglife’s work.

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10 thoughts on “British brownfield wildlife

  1. This is really interesting. It’s is the first I have heard of Brownfield sites . We have lost so much of our wildlife here in the UK. I know if we pass even a badger or a fox nowadays, we are so thrilled I stop the car and we all stare at it. And deer… we rarely see any at all in the wild. Britain needs desperately to address this situation of lost birds and mammals. A wonderful video, too. It is truly amazing to see the amount of wildlife thriving in London. Though it is sad they have been displaced. Thanks for posting, my friend. 🙂


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