Category wildlife

Plant life and wildlife

Spring is sprung and visiting Marchmont Community Garden. It’s closed just now, as space is limited, but it is hoped it will soon be able to open. Meanwhile, enjoy the bee visiting a ‘Quebec’ tulip (yes, they are tulips, even if passers-by find it hard to believe!) and a pair of wood pigeons sunning themselves.

Wild Bloomsbury?

Your friendly neighbourhood fox was spotted (at a distance) in Bedford Square Gardens the other day. It appeared to be basking in the rare sunshine and was surprisingly disinterested in the crow in the foreground. The new path in Marchmont Community Garden was covered with fox prints the other day too. Keep a look out, […]

Garden news

Friends of the Bloomsbury squares have been active in recent weeks, now restrictions have eased. Marchmont Community Garden, which has been closed to the public during the lockdown, has been hosting regular get-togethers of shielding older people who have been able to meet their friends for the first time in months, thanks to the foresight […]

Insect hotels for Russell Square gardens

Russell Square gardens will soon acquire two beautiful ‘bug hotels’, which will be installed on 26th March by a group of Volunteers. The Russell Square Insect Hotels were the idea of a new Volunteer Gardening Group for the Square. They have been sponsored by two adjacent hotels (Imperial London Hotels and Kimpton Fitzroy Hotels). New […]

Have you seen a hedgehog?

Have you seen a hedgehog? London Wildlife Trust would love to hear about your sightings as part of the Urban Urchins project. Hedgehogs are declining nationally, but there are still many areas of London where they can be found. Urban Urchins aims to map London’s hedgehogs, while working to enhance public green spaces and gardens to […]

Bloomsbury Squares Bird Walk for Big Garden Bird Watch, 29 January, 12-1 pm

Join us as we walk around Russell Square and Tavistock Square, bird spotting. We will meet at the main entrance to Russell Square gardens (near the café) on Monday 29 January, at 12 noon. Lucas Von Chamier (UCL Conservation group) will be guiding the group and letting us know what to look out for. After […]

Dead foxes in Cartwright Gardens

I was in Cartwright Gardens today and noticed two dead adult foxes. They were lying together, on a bank at the south end; there was no sign of disease or injury. It was one of the strangest sights I have seen in all the years I have lived here. if anyone has any idea as […]

Bursting blooms and baby birds

These baby blackbirds were in the nest in the ivy wall of Marchmont Community Garden, but have fledged in the past 48 hours. A second pair of blackbirds is now nesting and frantically feeding their young further along the same ivy wall and a pair of great tits are in the bird box on the […]

Signs of Spring

Our square-watchers have been out and about, capturing spring stirring in the squares – not only the plants and wildlife, human activity is getting underway too.             The Brunswick Square volunteers meet on the first Saturday of each month (10 -12 noon) and get some basic training from a professional […]

Parakeets in Brunswick Square

There was a recent sighting of these birds, common now in parks over London, feeding on beechnuts on our doorstep  in Brunswick Square. Thanks to Simon Lamrock for the great photo.