A Spotted Flycatcher spotted at Mudchute. Photo via John Archer.

A Spotted Flycatcher spotted at Mudchute. Photo via John Archer.


The following birdwatching news comes from Tower Hamlets Biodiversity Officer John Archer.

There had been a big fall of passage migrant birds in London this week with many species passing through Mudchute on their journeys. First reported on 26th, on 27th was 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 male Redstarts and 4 to 5 Spotted Flycatchers in the paddocks, along with a few Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcaps. These are probably Scandinavian breeders, brought across on the South-Easterly airstream and grounded by the heavy rain on Wednesday. A few birdwatchers from various parts of London have been visiting Mudchute to see the flycatchers and redstarts.

Have you spotted any unusual birds on the farm? Do send us a tweet @mudchute!

A Redstart spotted at Mudchute. Photo via John Archer.

A Redstart spotted at Mudchute. Photo via John Archer.


A rare pink variant of the Meadow Grasshopper.

A rare pink variant of the Meadow Grasshopper.

The warm sunshine this summer has created fantastic conditions for minibeasts of all sorts on the farm! We’ve pulled together a roundup of just a few of the man remarkable creatures that make Mudchute their home. We’ve spotted bright pink grasshoppers, beautiful blue butterflies and all manner of creatures between! The weather is set to be warm and sunny this weekend too, so be sure to keep an eye out for minibeasts on your next visit! To share them on social media, just use #mudchute!

A look at the courtship of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus). The chirping sound we hear across the farm is produced by amorous males who rapidly rub their hind legs against their wings. This video shows the action in approximately 10x slower than real life.