Otters have been seen in the river, and in the summer the flash of blue is a kingfisher. Seeing the first duckling of the spring is an exciting moment and hearing the first chiff chaff call under the bridges. Watching the swans glide in on the tide and enjoying the flowers and fluffy seeds of the black poplar trees is part of our urban village.

Every summer since 2006 Ouseburn Trust member and local academic Mike Jeffries has carried out a butterfly (and dragonfly) survey - here is the latest report Ouseburn Butterfly Report 2017