Places to see birds

City of London Cemetery and Alders Brook

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

A very large cemetery with a good range of habitats. The cemetery contains numerous mature trees of a wide variety of species. These support a diverse community of breeding birds, including all three woodpeckers, sparrowhawk, nuthatch, treecreeper, willow warbler, blackcap and chiffchaff. Good numbers of migrant birds pass through in spring and autumn.

To the east of the cemetery runs the Alder's Brook, a tributary of the River Roding. This supports abundant marginal and emergent vegetation, dominated by great reedmace (Typha latifolia) and reed canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), but with numerous other species including the locally scarce water chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum), purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and marsh woundwort (Stachys palustris).

There is free public access to the cemetery, and a public footpath runs beside the brook.

How to get there:
Manor Park Mainline Station is very close and buses 25, 86, 101, 104, 147 and W19 stop nearby.