: ' London wildlife'

Royal rat catcher

The brown rat arrived in England during the 18th century and quickly supplanted the native black rat. By the end of the 19th century these creatures were swarming around the sewers and cellars of Victorian London. [...]

A badger at Claridge’s

Recently I had a short break in the Cotswolds, situated a short drive from central London. With its honey coloured houses and small fields bounded by hedgerows it epitomises rural England. We visited Sudeley Castle, a [...]

A ramble in Rainham

Whoever have guessed? You approach Rainham Marshes through a dystopian world with dozens of large lorries thundering past decrepit industrial units complete with power lines overhead. This must be one of the grimiest areas of London, [...]

Bees in the City

Have you noticed there are more bees in London? Me neither, apart from 10,000 that swarmed on a pyracantha bush at the bottom of my garden last May . Now I realise that we [...]

Jungle pigeons

It is a common misconception that cabbies always have their meal breaks in the green huts scattered around London. For those wishing to discuss England’s sporting woes or the decline of the cab trade these refuges [...]

Bee-ing aware

You know the amazing thing about London is that any hobby that takes your fancy can be found if you dig deep enough, somewhere in the Capital there will be an enthusiastic group of like minded [...]

Fat Flying Friends?

Using my ATM has of late been a hazardous experience, not from any street crime, but a far more dangerous assailant coming from the sky. Our local bank has erected a rather splendid sign above its [...]