Esoteric London

No. 1119: Arcola Street, E8

Posted in Public Art, Wildlife by esotericlondon on June 12, 2014

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Arcola Street, London, E8. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

London’s Natural History – R.S.R. Fitter, 1945:

Pigeons were noted in London as early as 1385, and they are now abundant residents, being even more truly birds of the built-up areas than sparrows, for while sparrows are also found in the partly built-up areas, pigeons are almost exclusively denizens of the wholly built-up areas. They treat the towering buildings of modern London as cliffs, thereby giving an additional indication of their descent from the wild rock-doves (Columba livia) that still frequent our north-western coasts. Only exceptionally do London pigeons perch in trees; normally they rest either on the ground or on the ledges of buildings. They nest in small colonies in all sorts of holes and crannies in buildings, usually high up and inaccessible, just as their wild rock relatives will seek the remotest crevices for their nesting places.