St James's Park
City of Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, City of Westminster, Greater London, SW1A 1AA, England, UK.
T: 0300 061 2350  W: St James's Park website 
The Cottage, St James's Park © Guillermo Viciano cc

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, farmland, grassland and estuaries.

Size: Length 75-110 cm (30-43 in). Wingspan 127-185 cm (50-73 in).

Food: Mainly green vegetation, grains, aquatic plants. Rarely insects and small fish.

Voice: Loud honk.

Season: All year round. All Year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Introduced to Britain in the late 17th century in St James's Park.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, wetlands and freshwaters, estuaries and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 125-170 cm (49-67 in).

Food: Water plants, agricultural crop plants, insects and snails.

Voice: Occasional grunting, whistling and snorting.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of the heaviest flying birds, 9.2-14.3kg (20-32lb).

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Coastal, lakes and reservoirs, coastal grazing marsh and estuaries.

Food: Invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic snails.

Voice: Rapid ack, ack, ack.

Season: All year round. All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Shelduck breed in places such as rabbit burrows, tree holes, or haystacks. The young dive under water to avoid predators, while the parents fly away acting as a decoy.

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Teal

Anas crecca

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, wetlands and freshwaters, coastal grazing marsh, estuaries and reedbeds.

Size: Length 20-30 cm (7.9-11.8 in). Wingspan 53-59 cm (21-23 in).

Food: Seeds and small invertebrates.

Voice: ♂ keek as a high-pitched ringing clear whistle. ♀ croak.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dabbling duck.

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) © photo by Tim Bowman

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Family: Podicipedidae (Grebes)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs and ponds.

Size: Length 46-51 cm (18-20 in). Wingspan 59-73 cm (23-29 in).

Voice: Vrek-vrek-vrek. At night koorrr.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

It has an elaborate mating display that climaxes with a penguin dance. It was hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century. The RSPB was set up to help protect this species.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) © JJ Harrison cc

Pintail

Anas acuta

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, marsh, ponds, saline lagoon and estuaries.

Size: Length ♀ 51-64 cm (20-25 in) ♂ 59-76 cm (23-30 in). Wingspan 80-95 cm (31-37 in).

Food: Plants and invertebrates.

Voice: Trill repeated whistle.

Season: All year round. Wintering and migrants.

Pintail (Anas acuta) © J.M.Garg cc
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About

St James's Park, was the first of The Royal Parks to be opened to the public, it extends over 57 acres and provides habitats for a variety of different species of wildlife. It was landscaped on the orders of James I in 1603 and has been open to the public ever since.

The lake and its two islands, Duck Island and West Island, provide a safe habitat for bird life and waterfowl such as shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler, common pochard, goldeneye, black swans, red-crested pochard, canada and greylag geese, pelicans, moorhen, coot, great-crested grebe and little grebe.

Deck chairs are available for hire from March through to October. 

Refreshment Points offering hot and cold drinks and snacks are located at Marlborough Gate, Horse Shoe Bend, Artillery Memorial and the playground.

Inn the Park is a restaurant offering simple meals.

The Royal Parks Foundation is a registered charity that helps improve and maintain the eight Royal Parks. You can adopt flora and fauna, donate and get activly involved. Click the Charity Link for more details.

Access to St James's Park is free.


Facilities at St James's Park

Restaurant

Toilet

Charity link
http://www.supporttheroyalparks.org/

Places to visit nearby
Buckingham Palace   0.14 miles (0.22 km)
The Mall, London, Greater London, SW1A 1AA, England, UK.
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The Green Park   0.14 miles (0.23 km)
Greater London, England, UK.
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Apsley House   0.45 miles (0.73 km)
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Wellington Arch   0.45 miles (0.73 km)
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Westminster Abbey   0.49 miles (0.78 km)
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Royal Academy of Arts   0.56 miles (0.90 km)
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Jewel Tower   0.56 miles (0.91 km)
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Jewel Tower is cared for and maintained by English Heritage.

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Places to stay nearby
Dukes Hotel   0.29 miles (0.47 km)
35 St James's Pl St James's Pl, London, Greater London, SW1A 1NY, England, UK.
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Dukes Hotel

St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel   0.31 miles (0.51 km)
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Buckingham Palace Rd SW1W OPS
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The Rubens at the Palace   0.32 miles (0.52 km)
Buckingham Palace Rd SW1W OPS
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The Ritz London   0.32 miles (0.52 km)
Piccadilly W1J 9BR
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