Greening the city

Working on an enormous 300m long retaining wall to the rail lands of the Stratford International Quarter, adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park with the fabulous landscape architects Gustafson Porter Bowman.

 

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Hedgehog Heroes in The Regent's Park

This year we joined over 100 volunteers on the annual hedgehog survey in The Regent's Park, aiming to find out all about this elusive nocturnal animal and helping to monitor and safeguard the vulnerable population, one of the last in central London.

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Autumn

Autumn is here with its wonderful light and along with it the pumpkins and Halloween posters started to fill up the city. This means one thing for us: bats!

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5 apps to explore nature

We've heard it too many times, mobile phones and tablets are creating addiction in their users. But they are, as you know, also wonderful tools. We've set to discover some apps that would make screen time something that would help us reconnect with nature and that would teach us a thing or two.

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A swift watch, with banging & fledging

We were very privileged to see a fledgling leave the nest for the first time whilst swift watching with Edward and Mandy Meyer of Swift Conservation on Marta Strand's terrace in last week. We had been invited to see behaviour called 'banging' - gangs of swifts race past the nest, briefly pausing at the nest hole, sometimes clinging briefly to the bricks before moving on.

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Why the Bat flies by Night

Bat City Duped 

A BUSH rat called Oyot was a great friend of Emiong, the bat; they always fed together, but the bat was jealous of the bush rat. When the bat cooked the food it was always very good, and the bush rat said, "How is it that when you make the soup it is so tasty?"

The bat replied, "I always boil myself in the water, and my flesh is so sweet, that the soup is good."

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July 09, 2015

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Little Birds and their boxes

We know that over 60 species have used bird boxes. You will usually find blue, great and coal tits, nuthatches, house and tree sparrows, starlings, spotted and pied flycatchers, robins, house martins, kestrels and tawny owls. Different species can be attracted depending on the type of box, the size of it's opening, and location that it's placed.
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Let's talk about bats, and why we need them

(photo: www.shorpy.com)

Not everyone is aware that bats love eating insects, and over the course of history they have proved to be an effective way of controlling mosquito populations. We take a look at why we need bats and the benefits of looking after them.

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Materials for a Sustainable Future

Here at Habi-Sabi we're passionate about the environment. We aim at living a sustainable life producing as little waste as possible and to make life better for the species that share the planet with us. Partly because of this and partly because we're a bunch of architectural geeks, we get excited about materials for construction that change the ways we've been working and challenge us to think of better practices to build. And is with one particular material that blew our mind that Habi-Sabi started to take form as something more than a nice idea and became a business. 

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Building homes for nature

We're huge fans of the RSPB's initiative Make a home for wildlife. Over on their website they have tons of ideas and activities to do either in your garden, on your balcony or in your neighbourhood.  You can choose what type of environment you'd like to work in, what type of nature you're looking to support and how much time you've got and their site will suggest a number of activities. View full article →
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