Make the most of your Local Park

Discover some of the inspiring things that Londoners are doing to make the most of one of the city's great parks and then check out our other ways to enjoy the National Park City.

 

Make where you live wilder

What if we made where we live wilder? Watch our film of Londoners rewilding London wherever and however they can. What if even more created great little nature reserves for the city's wildlife?

 

Start thinking more naturally at school

Could your school do more outdoor learning? For ideas watch this video featuring children and adults of Christ Church Primary School, Brixton and Natural Thinkers ... and plenty of mud!

 

Enjoy London's Waterways

Go out and enjoy London's waterways. Watch our film and find out about some of the great things that Londoners are doing to make the most of the capital's beautiful waterways.

Use your imagination for Our City London

Are you a student or do you run a course? Might you be able to produce something which tells your own personal story of London as National Park City?

The National Film and Television's, Motion Graphics and Titles students made a set of films to promote their ideas of London as a National Park City.

 

 

Watch more of the student's films over in our Make A Difference section.

If you are a student and interested in creating something for London as a National Park City then let your imagination fly! We'd love to see and hear your ideas. Have fun with the brand, present a different view of London's wildness, green and blue and how anyone can Make A Difference. Share you're ideas with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we'd love to hear them!

I`m a great believer in the benefits of engaging with nature and its so easy as it is all around us. Bringing birds in closer proximity to ourselves by providing bird feeders on our balconies, in our backyards or gardens is one of the simplest and most affordable methods of being close to nature. Indeed you don`t have to even leave your home, just look out the window! If you live in a communal environment think about having a communal feeder or placing one in your local green area.

Feeding birds in London accelerated into being a common activity at the end of the 19th century when the city experienced a spate of severe winters. It was unfortunately a frequent experience to see birds that had succumbed to the severe cold and the sharing of bread became a regular pastime in London`s parks and on the London Bridges.

Now our winters are much milder and feeding birds is more about our enjoyment and engagement with nature rather than bird survival. Foods for wild birds have become more sophisticated and healthier than crumbs from our stale loaves. Here`s some top tips to get involved with bird feeding:

1. FOOD

Nuts and seeds are the most popular form of food for feeders. Start off with peanuts and /or black sunflower seed avoiding anything that is salted. Fat balls are another form of food particularly favoured by many species and consider using bruised fruit to attract blackbirds and thrushes. Remember avoid bread being the only food source.

2. DON`T FORGET THE WATER

It may sound simple but often we forget to have a supply of water for them. This does not have to be an expensive bird bath, a simple container on the ground / in the borders will suffice or a saucer on the balcony.

3. YOUR PETS

If you own a cat, a little bell round the collar is often sufficient warning for birds that a predator is near. However when chicks become fledglings they are particularly vulnerable. They are not as nimble and fleet footed as their parents, so take extra care if you know that nests are present close to your feeders.

4. HYGIENE

Clean the feeders once a month by soaking in boiling water. Birds can be affected particularly by salmonella and canker from other bird`s faeces.

5. GET A BOOK

Now you are seeing more birds, identify them, get to know more about their habits and how you may attract other species. Watching the birds can be mesmeric, magical and therapeutic; don`t be surprised if you switch off and be transported into another world, good luck!

Take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch which is every year at end of January. In 2019 it is 26 - 28 January.

 

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Coronavirus has brutally torn away lives, but it has also brutally revealed some home truths about who in society is really important when things go wrong, and it's laid bare the inequalities and divisions in society. Living in a National Park City is about a common aim of making life better for all.

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