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B A R B I C A N L I F E


BARBICAN BIRDS START TWEETING


Three goldfinches on one of the Wildlife Garden feeders


E Blackbird sunning itself


in the Barbican Wildlife Garden


Photo by Francis Pugh


ver since residents started volunteering as members of the Barbican Wildlife Group over nine years ago, one of our main objectives has been


and is feeding the birds in our Fann Street Wildlife Garden, regularly cleaning their feeders and existing nest boxes and joining in the City wide RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Count each January. A volunteer has introduced squirrel-proof (yes really!) feeders. One of the many reasons for creating our pond was to increase the number of visiting birds. We have also been introducing plants and shrubs which attract birds as sources of food, nesting and shelter. Help from outside experts


We are definitely not resting on our laurels! Our aim is to continue to increase the biodiversity of the Garden and to encourage more Barbican residents to enjoy its special beauty. We continue to work on increasing our bird population. And to help us do so we have sought the expertise and support of two organizations: the


Paula Tomlinson updates us on the success in attracting birdlife to the Barbican’s wildlife Garden and issues an invitation for Barbican residents to join the Barbican Wildlife Group


RSPB and the Woodland Trust. In early autumn we invited the


RSPB's Local Groups Officer from the Central London Local Group to visit


our gardens . During this first visit we focussed on bird boxes - not only to determine how best to use our existing ones but to identify opportunities to add new ones. As a result we identified six new sites: four in Thomas More Garden and two in Fann Street. The old boxes will be taken down, cleaned etc and the new ones added before the beginning of the new year. Our second bird related visit by an


expert was from the Woodland Trust, a Woodland Creation Champion and a web guide who has visited some 74 woods to date, many in Greater London. On a cold but sunny morning he visited the Wildlife Garden, a small group of us introduced him to the various wooded areas of the Garden: the established Fann Street hedge, the more recently created west hedge; the main coppice, the extensive steep


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