the GiGLer

The newsletter of Greenspace Information of Greater London CIC

Editorial

The Hedgehog & The Stag Beetle

Whilst not an Aesop’s fable, the tales we tell of these two endearing species in this edition of the GiGLer do teach an important lesson: that there is joy in taking the time to be aware of the wildlife that shares our city, and in telling others what you have seen.

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Editorial, Recording Inspiration

London’s community of biological recorders are pivotal to the GiGL partnership. Volunteer recorders and recording societies are GiGL’s biggest source of new species records. To celebrate some of our city’s wonderful recorders we’re beginning a new regular feature to showcase their work.

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Twenty Twenty Vision

This year, Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC celebrates both a 10th and a 20th anniversary. London’s Biological Recording Project, which formed the roots of the current day GiGL, was initiated in May 1996 when Bridge House Estates (via the City Bridge Trust) provided three years’ worth of grant funding to build a partnership and run pilot projects. Since then, GiGL has vastly expanded …

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A Thousand Words

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is as true when interpreting environmental data as at any other time. Biodiversity data can sometimes be daunting and inaccessible in its raw format, but thoughtful presentation can make it a highly useful resource for a wide variety of audiences.

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A Community Company

GiGL, our partnership and our databases, would be nothing without the contribution of London’s recording community. Every additional record has the potential to positively impact conservation efforts in our city. Supporting London’s recorders is key to our status as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

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Collecting Projects

Local records centres provide a vitally important regional resource of ecological evidence, but working for a records centre isn’t just about collating and managing records. We get involved in a wide range of London projects where we represent the GiGL partnership and its data, and provide a suite of interpreted data products. GiGL have been involved in some fantastic projects this year.

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Wildife, Wildlife, Everywhere

When explaining GiGL’s remit to Joe Public, a common tease is; “Do you just count pigeons and foxes? There’s not much more wildlife than that in London is there?” Oh how wrong these jokers are about their city’s astonishing array of wildlife.

From the rare to the wonderfully common place, the designated sites to your local park, London has a wealth of biodiversity ready to be explored and recorded.

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A Day in The Life

Have you ever wondered what the GiGL team actually do day-to-day? In this issue of the GiGLer, we take you into the inner workings of GiGL, the everyday and the experimental, the daily tasks and the ever-present questions.

While Maria, one of GiGL’s Records Officers, may spend her morning completing data search reports for customers and partners, Data Officers Chloë and Julie, and Operations Manager, Matt, will most likely be …

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Springing into Action

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

Tolstoy’s words were never truer than at GiGL over the last few months. As flowers and trees have finally bloomed in our late spring, so too have the projects we have worked on feverishly over the winter months. Many of our systems have been reworked and given a good spring clean

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Editorial

Welcome to the winter edition of the GiGLer, where we review our ‘Olympic summer’ and give a general recap of the year.

For many of our partners, 2012 has been an exceptionally busy year with both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics being enjoyed in the capital. To celebrate the work of our partners in ‘London 2012’ we have an article from the London Wildlife Trust who have been involved in environmental education and habitat management in the lead up to the Games.

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