Category: London Wildlife

Leaf Cutter Bee in action 0

Leaf Cutter Bee in action

What a wonderful action shot of a Leaf Cutter Bee (megachile centuncularis). In June and July a female Leaf Cutter Bee will cut oval sections from leaves, primarily roses, willows, lilacs and laburnums. She...

Stags in the Wood 0

Stags in the Wood

Ever since I learnt of their existence, I have been desperate to see a Stag Beetle, sometimes known as a “Thunder Beetle” or “Oak Ox”.  Living in Scotland gave me the opportunity to see...

Fun in the Sun at Richmond Park 4

Fun in the Sun at Richmond Park

What a glorious day! We headed over to Richmond Park and enjoyed aerial views of a Kestrel, Swifts, Green Woodpecker and a Skylark, all against a perfect blue sky. Down on the ground young...

Migration to the City 4

Migration to the City

When I told friends that I was leaving the Scottish Highlands to set up an organisation celebrating wildlife in London, there were a few raised eyebrows. Goodbye golden eagles and pine martens, hello rats...

Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibunda) 0

Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibunda)

Ever spotted one of these guys?! (The yellow stripe is variable and not always present). Yesterday at the London Wetland Centre we were drawn to them by sound rather than sight. A loud laughing croaking noise...

False Widow Spider 0

False Widow Spider

Recently there has been a surge of sightings of false widow spiders. I caught a glimpse of this one on the ground whilst I was cycling by the Thames. It was large enough and dark enough...

An Appreciation of Trees 0

An Appreciation of Trees

What a lovely walk around Fulham Palace gardens we had at the weekend. A big thank you to the Fulham Palace Trust and all those folks who came along, I hope you enjoyed it...

London Cherry Blossom 0

London Cherry Blossom

    What an amazing display London’s cherry blossoms are putting on at the moment! A cherry is any tree in the genus Prunus. The most common variety of ornamental cherry which blossoms in...

“Chiff chaff chiff chaff chiff chaff…” 0

“Chiff chaff chiff chaff chiff chaff…”

The unmistakable sound that assures us spring is here; the song of the Chiffchaff. The two notes of the song which give the bird it’s name; the high pitched ‘chiff’ and the lower pitched...

Crocuses – Incredible Stigmas 0

Crocuses – Incredible Stigmas

  I am sure that you will have been admiring the Crocuses which are out in flower at the moment in many of the parks. As lovely as the petals are, its the vibrant...