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 21.03.2017

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.

Visualisation

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.

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GiGL Newsletter

Show & Tell: A deeply rooted dataset – Greater London’s trees on the NBN Atlas

By Katharine Davies

We’ve published our first open (CC-BY) dataset onto the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas, entitled Greater London Habitat Survey tree data. This comprehensive dataset contains 94,842 tree records across Greater London, with 100% of records having verified identifications…

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An Inspiring Summer

By Julie Cox

It’s been a long, hot and busy summer. Whilst the weather will have provided many opportunities for our city’s recorders to be out and about in our wonderful open spaces, the impacts of the extended dry spell on London’s wildlife inhabitants, and the records we receive this year, has yet to be fully understood…

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Interview, Chloë Smith

By Chloe Smith

Chloë is GiGL’s Partnership Manager. She works with the team on partnership development and oversees service delivery to GiGL’s funding partners as well as core work on datasets and information systems…

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Great Expectations

By Mandy Rudd

The draft Mayor’s London Environment Strategy was published last summer, and after a 14 week consultation period that ran from August to November 2017, which received several thousand responses including ours, the final strategy was published at the end of May 2018. The remit of the strategy is very broad…

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Mapping London’s Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land

By Emma Knowles

CPRE London have recently published a report on London’s Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), for which GiGL provided our expertise, including data analysis, visualisations and maps. The report aims to raise awareness of MOL and provide information on its distribution, along with that of Green Belt…

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Becoming Better Acquainted with Bees

By Julie Cox

The GiGL team has a wealth of different expertise. Whilst we don’t generally use our species identification skills on a daily basis, it’s important we have an affinity for the ID requirements essential to accurately record different taxa…

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Joy of Recording: fourteen years of data

By Tony Wileman

My desire for identifying wildlife started at a very young age, sometime between five and seven, when it was usual for me to be found crawling under school huts. A lot of my childhood was spent crawling around looking at invertebrates in my local park in Luton, Bedfordshire where I grew up. However…

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The Zooniverse of London Birds

By Katharine Davies

The Zooniverse project to transcribe historic London Bird Records collected by the London Natural History Society (LNHS) was launched at the end of April 2018. The LNHS has been a long term partner of GiGL; they have been recording within a 20 mile radius from St. Paul’s Cathedral since 1958…

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Show & Tell: Mobilising Paper Records

By Lyndsey Cox

Every new technology brings with it new advantages and challenges. So it has been in the world of species recording. Phone apps, websites and online recording have allowed a streamlining of the process from observer to database. Records can be uploaded at the click of a button…

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Show & Tell: Net Gain for Biodiversity

By Chloe Smith

Achieving biodiversity net gain means that changes brought about by development conclude with biodiversity faring better than it did before works took place. This should ideally be at the same location, but where that is not possible may be achieved by improvements for biodiversity in other locations…

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