The canopy in Gunnersbury Triangle LNR
The lovely group I took around the site
I like this muralOn Sunday morning just gone I led a bird walk around the London Wildlife Trust's Gunnersbury Triangle LNR. It is a small yet perfectly formed Silver Birch and Willow woodland in Chiswick, West London that is totally encircled by railway, offices and habitation. There's breeding Sparrowhawk, the usual common tits, Blackcap, Chiffchaff plus over 20 species of butterfly and tons of trees.
Plus there wasn't just woodland on offer. There was a pleasant pocket-sized meadow, a pond and a small marsh. It was hard to believe that I was in the middle of London - it was so lush, quiet and peaceful. The best birds were a handful of Swifts high overhead and a flyby Hobby.
The site is under acute threat from development that that if given the go ahead will encroach on the very borders of the site. The Mayor of London's office is to make a decision on Tuesday that could either block the development or help to destroy what the local people have been fighting to protect for so long.
I'll keep you posted.