Homes in east London are in short supply – so East Village and the RSPB have re-purposed some iconic buildings for the purpose.

But, before queues begin round the block, the landmarks are only available to our feathered friends in a bid to reduce an alarming flight from the capital.

One Canada Square

Common garden bird numbers have declined 20% on average since 2009 but the green and pleasant landscape of the Olympic Park is a good place to make a stand.

East Village E20 – the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village – has partnered with the bird charity to commission the bird boxes which, as the pictures show, are not only for Cockney Sparrows.

Ernie tries a Gherkin

Indeed, it is Ernie who is testing out the bijou surroundings. The starling found fame with his regular appearances with Chris Packham on Spring Watch.

Carpenter Pete Bagg created the bird boxes and they include a number of east London icons including Tower Bridge, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Lee Valley Velodrome.

The nest-shaped Velodrome

The boxes went on display in front of Get Living London’s East Village office from Thursday (May 26) and will later be distributed across its 25 acres of green space and wetlands.

Neil Young, CEO of Get Living London which rents and manages homes at East Village, said: “Whether it be through the ‘living roofs’ on each apartment building, the 3,000 trees, newly planted in 2011, or the 25 acres of green open space in the neighbourhood, we have worked hard to make East Village an eco-friendly place to live.

“With the six acre Wetlands – a brilliant habitat for native biodiversity – we are delighted to partner with the RSPB to create these unique bird boxes to help encourage even more birds into the neighbourhood.”

Tower Bridge

Tim Webb of the RSPB said: “The number of birds in our capital and in cities across the country, has decreased hugely as we become increasingly urbanised so it’s great to see a neighbourhood like East Village directly addressing the issue, as well as raising the awareness of the problem to the rest of the nation.

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“East Village is already a great habitat for birds, especially with the Wetlands so close by, so we expect the new bird boxes to be very popular with different species, especially house sparrows and blue tits, encouraging more into the neighbourhood.”

The full 10

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. Tower of London
  3. ArcelorMittal Orbit
  4. BT Tower
  5. Tower Bridge
  6. The Gherkin
  7. Big Ben
  8. Battersea Power Station
  9. Lee Valley Velodrome
  10. One Canada Square