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Letting London's parks grow wild again key to bringing back wildlife

Letting London's parks grow wild again key to bringing back wildlife

Central London's birding expert talks conservation , kestrels and keeping the public happy as he takes The Earth Times on a wildlife-themed tour of Regent's Park. Framed by manic Oxford Street to the south and vibrant Camden Town to the north, Regent's Park is arguably the last place you'd think of if you were asked to name London's top havens for birds. Indeed, though nature is plentiful, on first sight it is tightly regulated, with perfectly manicured pitches or rose beds seemingly more welcoming for sports players or idling tourists than for urban wildlife. But the figures don't lie: last year alone, some 124 species of birds were spotted either just feeding or nesting in the Royal Park, among them ospreys, little owls common terns and peregrine falcons. And, if one man is to credit with helping turn this central London green space into an attractive stopping-off point ...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/letting-london-par...

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