Partnership Case Studies

The GiGL Partnership works for the benefit of all its members. Those who benefit most are those who most actively engage with us. An important part of our work is developing projects with our partners that use data to address their key questions and areas of work.

National Park City Explorer Map

GiGL have been working with Urban Good CIC to create a map of London on behalf of the National Park City initiative. Drawing on years’ worth of work by the GiGL partnership, the map presents our open space data, including known green and blue spaces, in a way that aims to encourage greater engagement with…

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Richmond Park deer encounter (c) RSPB

Partner Citizen Science Forms

GiGL has worked with many of our partners to create customised online forms for collecting wildlife or green space information being generated by public surveys. These are available in addition to GiGL’s own one-off records web-form or multi-records spreadsheet available here. Note, you only need to use one form to report a sighting – all data from…

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Alternative Approaches to Data Sharing

London Borough of Camden – Encouraging developers to share ecological data As part of the planning process, local authorities ask developers for ecological assessments on plots of land they want to develop. The ecological assessments are archived in the planning system and the information they contain is largely inaccessible. For the data to have any value,…

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London BioBlitz

A BioBlitz is a light-hearted biological survey that provides the chance for naturalists and members of the public to explore and learn together. As well as raising awareness of biodiversity and the importance of biological recording, it can also generate genuinely useful biodiversity information.

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Accurately mapping AoDs

Accurately mapping areas of deficiency

The green shows areas of open space. The light pink, smooth edged areas are the old ‘as the crow flies’ areas of deficiency, created by setting a buffer from the relevant sites. The darker pink with jagged edges are the more accurate data that Julie is currently working on. (You may have noticed a reduction in electricity and a slowing of the internet at night-time as a result.)

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Data River

Rivers of Data

We always knew that iGiGL, our new online mapping interface, had great potential. Its value in allowing users to access our data without the need for desktop mapping software has already been recognised by Natural England and the Environment Agency. For no sooner had we launched iGiGL than they approached us about the possibility of extending its functionality.

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London: Garden City?

This pioneering study, London: Garden City?, was a partnership project between GiGL, London Wildlife Trust and the Greater London Authority. It was funded by a legacy grant from the Wildlife Trusts.

The report reveals that London’s gardens are changing from green to grey.

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The London Invasive Species Initiative (LISI) is a newly formed group under the London Biodiversity Partnership, which aims to co-ordinate action to prevent, control and eradicate invasive non-native species in London.

LISI was formed in response to national policy initiatives seeking a co-ordinated national approach to invasive non-native species as well as a recognised need for this to happen in London.

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Underground Overground

Underground Mapping

With more than one billion passenger journeys every year, the London Underground is an essential part of the daily lives of those who live and work in the capital. It sometimes provides the only “green” people see in London’s highly urbanised environment, and provides easy access to greenspace in areas of deficiency.

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Green Grid


The All London Green Grid (ALGG) is a strategic project which provides a framework for the creation, enhancement and management of multifunctional green and open spaces across the whole of Greater London. It is an important initiative in facilitating green infrastructure projects across the capital.

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