REC ecology team on the look out for the Black redstart


red blackstart

The REC ecology team have recently been involved in undertaking surveys for one of the rarest breeding birds in the UK, the black redstart. Black redstart originally habituated stony areas around mountains, especially cliff faces and rocky outcrops, however have recently migrated into brownfield sites in city centres (primarily London) due to the habitats mimicking these areas, such as industrial areas, brown roofs, and abandoned buildings. There are around 44 breeding pairs in the UK, with London being a stronghold for the species with up to 33% of the population.

The black redstart is on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern, is listed as a Schedule 1 species on The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and is a species of principal importance. Therefore, any large scale developments within London would need to ensure that they are protecting and conserving this species.

Unfortunately, no Black redstarts were recorded on our surveys, however the ecology team is now working with the developer to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to ensure that suitable habitat is available.

Want to know more about our Ecology services? Contact the team today on 0845 676 9303 or email