Edinburgh Settlements are working with the RSPB to turn the streets into a wildlife sanctuary

A group of Edinburgh artists are working with the RSPB to turn Abbeyhill settlements into a wildlife sanctuary.

Colony of Artists are a collective who reside primarily in the Abbeyhill area surrounding the colonies between London and Easter Road.

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The group organizes an exhibition each year which showcases creative projects by residents of the Abbeyhill settlements.

Each house in the rows of colonies can participate and organize an exhibition of works with the possibility of selling their works.

The collective also supports community projects by painting murals and keeping the area tidy.

They have now announced a new project for the street cluster, to become a wildlife sanctuary as part of the Swift City projects which are encouraging the return of swifts to urban areas.

The rows of houses built in the early 1900s all contain a small garden that residents can decorate as they wish.

The majority of residents chose to plant colorful flowers and encourage the birds with birdbaths and feeders.

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They took to Facebook to announce the project, they said: ‘We have been busy working with the RSPB to turn the Abbeyhill settlements into a wildlife sanctuary.

With 58% of swifts in decline since 2015-2018, we wanted to take action to protect and improve swift populations. All around Abbeyhill Settlements you will not only find our beautiful murals, but also thriving animal gardens and swift boxes. This supports pollinators, which in turn help provide food for the swifts.

In the YouTube video shared about the project, Giving Nature a Home project manager Katie said: “Much of the world is urban, so we need to protect nature in the urban landscape. The artist colony doesn’t is just a perfect example of people taking action for nature at their doorstep.”

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