A £60,000 project has extended wetlands in a popular Royal park and tempted rare birds back to the heart of the city.
Thanks to a joint scheme by Westminster Council and the Royal Parks, part of Regent's Park has been transformed into reed beds - providing a perfect habitat for birds including kingfishers.
Regent's Park and Primrose Hill manager Nick Biddle said: "We have been able to create a valuable habitat in Regent's Park that supports a number of declining species, such as reed warblers and dragon flies."
Chairman of Westminster Council's go green board Cllr Steve Summers said: "Westminster is proud to be able to boast an impressive range of natural habitats where wildlife is encouraged to flourish."
To create wetlands, developers had to dig below the water line the reach a level where the soil is saturated, which means water will be left on the surface.
Across the UK, 40 per cent of reed beds were lost between 1945 to 1990 and have since become a scarce habitat.