Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC

GiGL mobilises, curates and shares data that underpin our knowledge of London’s natural environment. We enable our stakeholders to make informed decisions in policy and practice.

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last updated 10.03.2018

Our Services

GiGL's wide range of services fall into four categories.

Data Curation

We are data custodians. We digitise records, ensure their high quality and safe storage, and make them available for active use. We also provide mapping tools and tools for data collection; survey forms, recording spreadsheets and more.

Data & Insight

We use data to uncover the truth about the world around us. From quantitative facts about recorded wildlife and green infrastructure, to audits of available data, to gap analysis and green infrastructure modelling, statistics & analysis.

Advice & Consultancy

We provide expert advice, signposting and advocacy as well as partnership and collaborative working. We help identify and demonstrate priorities for public policy and aid policy compliance; as well as providing a wide range of training, mentoring and academic support for our community.


Charts, graphics, maps and infographics. Our visual tools are used by consultants, partners, the media and the arts for any number of purposes. Map data or tell a bigger story with visualisations and infographics.

Submit & Access Data

Send Us Your Records

If you have wildlife or habitat records, we encourage you to submit these here.

Explore Our Data Online

Explore selected GiGL data via our online interactive map.

Get a Data Search Report

Ecological consultants: access comprehensive biodiversity and open space information.

GiGL Life

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GiGL Newsletter

Winter wonderland

By Julie Cox

Picture a perfect winter’s day. What does it look like to you? It’s a common misconception that winters are only suitable for hibernating indoors and that much of London’s flora and fauna are hiding away from the cold too. This isn’t the case. London is blessed with many winter visitors who migrate from colder climes …

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Interview, Katharine Davies

By Katharine Davies

Katharine is GiGL’s community officer. She delivers work for members of the public and community groups, as well as carrying out work with students that wish to use GiGL data for research projects. At times she focuses on internal database work and core projects.

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Joy of Recording

By Richard Bullock

The importance of wildlife recording first dawned on me in my late teens. During the early 1980s, I volunteered, at a Shropshire site called Stoneyhill, to look for three species of clubmoss ferns. Remarkably, they included alpine clubmoss – a species not recorded in the county since 1726. Being exceptional county rarities, their discovery …

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Show & Tell: Goose Count Maps


The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme has been monitoring Canada goose populations in the Wandle Valley to gain a greater understanding of their numbers and possible effects. With help from volunteers, the partnership have been conducting annual goose counts. For the last two years …

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Show & Tell: Species Alert Layers


Approximately 18% of planning applications in London are for sites that are home to, or that potentially affect protected species or habitats. Only 1.2% of planning applicants actually request a GiGL data search to find out if protected species have been recorded within their area of influence. Previous observation …

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Royal Projects

By Claudia Watts

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the close, ongoing partnership between GiGL and The Royal Parks. The first GiGL Royal Parks Officer, Ian Woodward, appointed in 2007, set up the Royal Parks biological records system to GiGL standards. Since then, the role has …

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Searching for GiGL Treasure

By Maria Longley

For many years, we have talked internally about “GiGL treasure” referring to interesting nuggets of information we come across in our daily work, or the more unusual uses of GiGL-held data. GiGL treasure comes in all shapes and sizes. The stag beetle dataset is one of the longer running …

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Migration over London

By David Darrell-Lambert

Most people don’t look to the sky over London for migrating birds. I never used to. Until, way back in the early 1990s, I was waiting at a bus stop on Tottenham High Road. I looked up and noticed a smoky, long line of wood pigeons. I counted over four hundred before …

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Verification: We Need Your Help

By Lyndsey Cox

Are you enthralled by Ephemeroptera? Can you tell a Baetis rhodani from a Cloeon dipterum? Do you find fungi fascinating or think slime mould is sensational? If so, then you may be just the person we are looking for.

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Money Grows on Trees

By Katherine Drayson

A new report values London’s public green spaces in excess of £91 billion and shows that every £1 spent on public green space has a 27-fold return in value. The Mayor of London, in partnership with the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund, has produced the report …

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