For a heaving, concrete-bound megacity, London is home to a lot of nature. And while there are numerous green spaces around to help break up the urban sprawl, few of us take the time to think about what resides in those corners – and even fewer actually go in search of it. Thankfully, it’s surprisingly easy to uncover a whole world of mammals, flowers, birds, insects, berries and fantastically freaky fungi wherever you are.

Knowing a little about what to look for and where to find it helps, so we’ve put together a month-by-month guide to London’s wildlife over the year, providing pointers on what you should be seeking out from season to season.