Urban wildlife: when animals go wild in the city
Perching on the side of an age-old power plant chimney with St Paul’s Cathedral to the north and the Shard, Europe’s tallest build, towards the east is not where you might expect to view the world’s fastest fledgling. Yet Tate Modern, and London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Houses of Parliament, ought to have home for several years to peregrine falcons. A surprising show of the wild in the heart of the city, the strong bird of prey is also a specialised hunter of feral doves, considered such an urban pest that in 2003 a disallow was imposed on feeding them in Trafalgar Square.
With metropolitans’ inexhaustible menu informants and towering builds accommodating a predator-free equivalent of the species’ traditional cliff-side home, the raptor’s success has extended well beyond the capital city. Having colonised urban environment from Aberdeen to Cardiff, ecologists now believe it is only a matter of time before peregrine falcons are breeding in every major UK town and city.
” All those born and multiplied in cities, that’s their environment that they’ve grown up in. When they’re drifting around the country, they find little towns and cities elsewhere … and that’s what they’re are applied to ,” mentions David Goode, a veteran environmentalist and scribe of a brand-new record, Mood in Town and Cities .” That’s why I say it won’t be long until they’re in every place .”
The time has come for us to go wild!