London is Europe's largest city with over 7 million people. Yet, despite all this frenetic human activity, London remains one of the World's greenest cities with parks, woodlands and the River Thames.
The RSPB's reserves at Rainham Marshes and Rye Meads are fantastic places for wildlife and people. Wildfowl and breeding waders visit the wetlands of Rainham in their thousands, while kingfishers and common terns are the stars of the show at Rye Meads. Both reserves are easily accessible from Central London.
There are mixed fortunes for London's birds. House sparrows have disappeared from many parts of London. The RSPB is carrying out a study to try to understand the reasons why and more importantly, what can be done to bring the 'Cockney' (house) sparrow back. London's tall buildings act as artificial cliffs and a plentiful supply of pigeons has seen peregrines colonise the centre of London.
The RSPB runs hundreds of events in London each year suitable for all ages and abilities.
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