Caring for our wildlife

Last month on the London City Island development, a site manager from Alltech Roofing came across a young kestrel in distress close to their COSHH area.

The bird was unable to fly away and seemed to be in some discomfort. The team member called a Ballymore manager who came to the area and got in contact with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).

The RSPB were on site within the hour and safely removed the bird from site, taking it to a local veterinary centre to check for any injuries.

The RSPB representative had explained that the young bird had probably left the nest too early and become lost. In moments like this, time is of the essence, as this kestrel can only survive a certain amount of time without regular feeding.

The surrounding area of the London City Island site is often densely populated by birdlife due to the River Lea which surrounds the island. There are common sightings of Herons and Common Shag.

Along the new river wall situated on the eastern side of the site we have installed a number of bird housings for Kingfishers, Pied Wagtail and Sand Martin, to offer a permanent home for our resident birds.

Although sometimes proving difficult, construction sites should not interfere with the natural wildlife and should offer habitats where possible.

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