You see a lot of wildlife in London’s West End – lost tourists, drunk tourists, hungry tourists, Z-list celebs – but did you know that the area is a hit with actual wildlife, too? Wrens, thrushes and bats were all spotted during a recent survey of buildings around Regent Street, Haymarket and Piccadilly Circus. And now, new project Wild West End has been launched to encourage the animals to stick around.
Organised by the city's big property owners, the plan is to build 'green corridors' across the city to allow wildlife to spread. The first is being built by Crowns Estate and will link St James's Park and Regent's Park via their holdings in between. The corridor will feature planters, beehives and bird and bat boxes as well as 20 species of flower and sheltered areas. It's hoped it will be a hit with bees, butterflies, birds, bugs and bats.
Basically, it's prime time someone made 'Animals of Farthing Wood go to London'.
The Wild West End website is due to launch in September. In the meantime, have you head that seals love London too?Share the story