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It takes a team to create a report

…er Laura Kuurne “My role at GiGL is focused in managing and developing our sites datasets, including Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), open spaces and habitats. There are various works involved to keep these data robust and up-to-date, and the updating process is different for each dataset… “My role at GiGL is focused in managing and developing our sites datasets, including Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), op…

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What our open space data can tell you

…times, and Friends of Group and other site user group information, where known. Site QualityWhere known, information about site management plans, maintenance, threats and disturbances, safety projects and wildlife features. Some information about publicly accessible open spaces is shown through Discover-London. For access to full open space data please contact a member of staff. Information regarding open space data formats is available in our Da…

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Partner Citizen Science Forms

…London Invasive Species Initiative: Invasive Non-Native Species Recording Online form External website London Wildlife Trust: Stag Beetle Survey Online form External website London Wildlife Trust: Kestrel Survey Online form External website London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Wildlife Survey Online form External website London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Bee Survey Online form External website RedFrog (Local Residents Group, Camden): Biodiversity in G…

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Accessing Wildspace

…North Greenwich asked for the designation to be reviewed and removed – to no avail. One clear anomaly was that inevitably some of the poorest areas of London (for example Hackney near the Lea Valley) were not in an AOD, whereas some of the wealthiest parts were. A good example of the latter was the Woodcote Park Estate near Purley where the average garden seemed to be about an acre, and if accessible and located in Islington would be a wildlife s…

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Wildlife Online

…loped web-services.The Greater London Authority is also contributing brief site descriptions for accessible wildlife sites. The medium term plan is to make more detailed habitat information available in the same way, but the Gateway needs further development before this becomes a reality. In anticipation of this next stage of development, a partnership project between GiGL, the NBN, LNHS, the GLA and two London boroughs aims to digitise the remain…

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Guiding the planners – London’s protected species

…A full list can be downloaded from the London Biodiversity Partnership website, www.lbp.org.uk. Habitats Regulations (1994) The highest level of protection is given to European protected species, as defined by the Habitats Regulations.This includes all species of bat, the great crested newt and the dormouse. If any of these species is known or suspected to be present, the local planning authority is required to undertake three tests before decidi…

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Seething Wells

…d on the adjacent riverside, including a Daubenton’s maternity colony. The site has more noctule bats foraging at any one time than at the London Wetland Centre and a rare Brandt’s bat, recorded along the river wall, was a first for the borough in 2012. It is designated a Grade 1 Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation largely on account of its chalk grassland, which has been described as characteristic of the North Downs. Members of th…

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iGiGL – better than ever

…Wildweb and Your London. It enabled Londoners to make the most of wildlife sites and open spaces by exploring them online before getting out and experiencing them in the real world. A second round of development included mapping the Urban River Survey and London Rivers Action Plan datasets on iGiGL so that professional users could log in, and view these map ‘layers’ to identify the best locations and types of river restoration to ensure ‘good ecol…

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What’s in a name?

…our local spaces that we can include or send us any extra information you know about a site. Your information will help inform decisions affecting open space management in London as well as spread knowledge of our capital’s wonderful open space sites. Maria Longley likes pondering the names of places as she manages the SINC database or creates reports in the data search service. If anyone knows why Flamingo Park in Chislehurst is so called, please…

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Telling Stories – new website

…w, when content needs to be updated or added, it is a simple process that should leave Chloë calm and smiling, not half-bald from self-inflicted alopecia. Something I know Chloë is looking forward to. “Once we launch our new look website we’ll not only benefit from the better interaction with our users but also be able to more easily alter and add content as GiGL develops over the years – it’s the dynamic communication and information tool that we…

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