The long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) has a distinctive long tail and small round body,

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch, which is taking place across the country for its 35th year! Spend an hour getting outside and watching the birds that visit your garden to help us better understand the birds that live in and visit Britain.

Here at Mudchute, we are lucky to be home to numerous bird species, with many nesting in the park and farm and many others stopping by to refuel on their migrations between Scandinavia in the North and the Mediterranean and even sub-saharan Africa in the South. We are also home to both native species and controversial introduced species that have become resident, such as Ring-necked and Monk Parakeets. You can see a few of the more common species we see at Mudchute in the gallery below and in these pages from Shirley Wheeler’s “The Wildlife of Mudchute”.

So as you enjoy your weekend, keep an eye out and an ear out for birds this weekend and remember to register and report your sightings at The website includes a guide to what to look out for and get ideas for family friendly activities. Spot a bird you don’t recognise? The RSPB also have a handy Bird Identifier that can help too!

About Mudchute

Mudchute Park & Farm. One of the largest city farms in London with 32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs.

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