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I discovered this lovely resource in the heart or London the other day. www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/galleries/orange-zone/wildlife-garden/index.html
The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Garden is not large but they pack a lot in. Ponds and a reedbed are surrounded by hedgerows towered over by London Planes. These are brimming with bird and bat boxes. There is even a meadow with sheep! (On loan from that other fine location The London Wetland Centre. www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/london.) According to their information leaflet there have been; over 300 native plant species, more than 50 recorded bird species, more than 300 butterfly and moth species as well as the standard set of mammals you might expect in a London garden (they don’t mention rats lol). I can add at least two species of dragonfly and one damselfly.
As well as an oasis for wildlife fans on a lunch break the garden provides an education source for local schools and is used for active research by museum scientists and volunteers.
I recommend a lunchtime visit if you are in the area (you may even catch me there), unfortunately they shut to the public over winter (boo hisss) so best hurry.