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Housing boom for London’s wildlife

Posted at 2:45 pm, May 20, 2012 in Fun London, News
A new home for London's wildlife

Peek out your window this summer, and you might sense there’s an extra buzz in the air – and for once we’re not referring to the Olympics. A new green initiative – spearheaded by the InMidtown Habitat design competition and the winning entry from UK-based 51% Studios – will see eco-friendly flat pack beehives and bird boxes springing up across central London. Initially starting with 20 beehives and hundreds of bird and bat boxes, the green spaces of Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles are set to be transformed into a hive of wild activity as the scheme aims to nurture urban wildlife populations. The studio’s upcycled designs, fashioned from 100% recycled materials including leftover fibres of cars and fridges, fitted perfectly with InMidtown Habitats’ “zero to landfill” ethos – meaning a brilliantly urban approach to biodiversity that won’t swarm the city’s waste levels. So don’t be surprised at the increasing numbers of birds and bees in the capital this summer– we predict a delightful influx of winged visitors. Lisa Paul

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