Did you know a number of migrating birds crash into Canary Wharf’s towers at night?

This and other wildlife facts about the area have emerged after we had a little dig around for a piece on the Canary Wharf Wildlife Photography Competition .

Workers and visitors to the estate are being encouraged to capture images celebrating the diversity of flora and fauna here and submit them to Canary Wharf Group by Friday, December 4.

red-backed shrike

The winner will receive a £100 Canary Wharf gift card, while shortlisted entries will be displayed at Adam’s Plaza Bridge.

Ecologist Tony Wileman from the London Wildlife Trust had some tips for would-be animal snappers.

He said: “The best time to see wildlife in Canary Wharf is at the weekend (typically the worst time at most nature reserves) because it’s so much quieter.

Canary Wharf at night, which can pose a threat to migrating birds

“Canada Square Park has recorded a host of rare birds on migration including wryneck, red-backed shrike and Blyth’s reed warbler.

“However, the tall buildings present a problem to migrating birds at night as many crash into them. Some survive but those that don’t will be swept up early in the mornings.”

Seals chilling out by the river Thames

Canary Wharf wildlife facts:

  • Microlestes minutus, a ground beetle, was only found six times in Britain up to 2006 - twice were on a green roof in Canary Wharf.
  • Canary Wharf was once the stronghold for the black redstart breeding population in London during the 1950’s and some birds may still be present in the area.
A hedgehog enjoying a meal
  • A big deal has been made about seals choosing the area as their main home in London but, apparently, harbour porpoises can also be spotted – look out for their small fins sticking out of the water.
  • The Hare’s-foot clover usually prefers sandy environments and is disappearing from ground level meadows, but doing well on the green roof at Westferry Circus.