EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN

EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN

EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN - UK and Ireland : Initiated in 2017 and updated from time to time: A project of personal observations, occasionally ai

Initiated in 2017 and updated from time to time: A project of personal observations, occasionally aided by my trusty photographer for the birds, where a good eye and steady hand are essential.
May 2018 Looking for Terns.:But ended up counting the number of bird species observed on one day - Filter "Birds EIDB May 26"
June 2018 Added the Identification charts that decorate the hides - hope they can be read
ABOUT East India Dock Basin
"Within sight of Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena, you’ll discover the old East India Dock Basin, now enjoying a new lease of life as an amazing wildlife sanctuary.
The city high flyers you’ll spot here are Kingfishers, occasional Black Redstarts and nesting Common Terns. Because where once 19th century ships delivered their cargoes, there’s now tranquil open water, wildflower meadows and saltmarsh.
East India Dock Basin is a real gem; a perfect escape from the city for the family and a nature lover’s delight."
"East India Dock Basin, whilst relatively small, is a super spot for some lunchtime birding. The basin contains tidal brackish water and there are mudflats with a small band of saltmarsh vegetation to the north.
A colony of Common Tern returns here to breed every summer on the artificial rafts. Look out for Black Redstart which are regularly seen around the site, especially during spring and autumn.
In winter the basin supports good numbers of Shelduck and flocks of over 150 Teal. Close views can be obtained as they feed over the mud. Also look out for waders such as Redshank feeding on insects along the strandline.
Look over the O2 Arena on the opposite bank of the Thames for the chance to see Peregrine Falcon. A variety of gulls including Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull frequently use the site but it’s worth scanning amongst them for the more unusual species.
The north of the basin is saltmarsh and home to some interesting plants dominated, unusually, by Buttonweed with Sea Milkwort and Sea Arrowgrass.
The flower-rich grassland includes two of the more unusual exotics at the site, Warty Cabbage and Salsify, in addition to native meadow flowers such as Ladies Bedstraw. The scrub bordering the site can be a good spot to pick up some unusual vagrant species, with birds such as Barred Warbler recently recorded. "
[Lee Valley Leisure Trust Limited [GB] https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/nature/nature-reserve/bow-creek/#wildlife-at-bow-creek-and-east]
BUT
Will East India Dock be the next Shoreditch?
https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/will-east-india-dock-be-the-next-shoreditch-250m-masterplan-includes-europes-longest-freshwater-pool-a106771.html
04 Nov 2017
marlandza