Recording and mapping what habitats, features and species are present in open spaces aids management work and, in turn, conservation.
Better knowledge about habitats and the species present in local ecosystems helps with understanding why green spaces are important in the urban setting and improves the context for urban development decisions.
The baseline of information from surveys can enable further information to be modelled for specific uses.
Importantly, recording wildlife is a great way to observe the natural world, learn and share knowledge about our environment and spend time outdoors.
Some reasons to record
- fun and interest
- teaching and learning
- inform management
- inform conservation
- inform planning
- evidence and trends
- shared awareness
- enjoyment of places in London
- event planning (e.g. royal parks)