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GiGL’s Spaces to Visit dataset

… as part of GiGL’s commitment to provide a benefit to our community we created the Spaces to Visit dataset in April 2020. This is a subset of GiGL’s Open Space dataset that provides a source of information on the locations of open spaces in Greater London that are available to the public as destinations for leisure, activities and community engagement. It also includes green corridors that provide opportunities for walking and cycling …

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Issue 30: Winter Editorial

It might be an understatement to say that it has been a busy year for us, which you can probably tell if you’ve been keeping up with our monthly GiGLer articles. We’ve had to say some sad farewells but have also welcomed many new GiGLers, with no less than six new arrivals! In this winter edition of the GiGLer editorial I am delighted to introduce all of our amazing new team members, and I’ve also got some fantastic GiGL achievements to share …

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Japanese Knotweed in the UK and London

Japanese Knotweed is one of a number of invasive species affecting wide swathes of the UK. It is known to displace and ‘crowd out’ native vegetation with its aggressive growth and can easily spread through fragments of rhizome, which often find their way into streams and other waterways. Once established, the plant is incredibly resilient and very difficult to remove completely …

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London Recorders Day 2021

Though it has been a long time since we last met, the atmosphere at London Recorders Day (LRD) 2021 was that of a reunion of old friends, united by a shared passion for recording, studying and protecting the wondrous nature of Greater London …

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Interview, Frankie Moorman

I joined GiGL in September as an Ancient Woodland Inventory Officer and am tasked with ensuring that we have a robust and accurate record of all ancient woodlands in the capital. This means that no matter their size, these valuable and irreplaceable habitats will receive the protection they deserve. It will be exciting to see how the AWI Update project develops over the upcoming year and my role with it ….

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Book Review: “Making Urban Nature Bloom: Four Years of Partnering for Nature-based solutions Across Europe” by ICLEI EUROPE

With the populations of cities growing all the time and the world facing unprecedented climate and biodiversity crises, urban nature has a critical role to play in supporting a sustainable planet. Nature-based solutions offer a tool for addressing the multiple environmental, social and economic challenges faced by cities that can also contribute to mitigating the environmental crises more widely …

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London River Restoration Opportunity Mapping

A 20 year review of river restoration across London published at London Rivers Week 2020 identified the importance of river restoration for delivering a range of social and economic benefits, such as contributing to health and wellbeing and reducing flood risk …

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A Fantastic Fungi: new species to science

During the autumn of 2018 I was part of an ongoing survey of the larger fungi to be found in various areas surrounding Heathrow airport. Adam Cheeseman, who heads up an onsite biodiversity team, told me that whilst he’d previously seen lots of fungi fruiting they hadn’t since a formal survey began in 2015. However, there was finally lots of fungi again. I promptly made my way over to Heathrow…

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Interview, Aman Jethwa

The biggest opportunity is that organisations are looking to become more environmentally sustainable. GiGL fit in brilliantly to share data on this. The challenge will be how GiGL can reach and communicate with these organisations to find out what data would be useful for supporting them …

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Updating London’s Areas of Deficiency

Since the start of 2021, the GiGL team have been hard at work updating and improving our Areas of Deficiency (AoD) models. We’re excited to announce that these are nearly ready for launch, and we can’t wait to share the new features we can offer to our partners and clients.Although the concepts behind AoD are quite simple, the modelling itself is anything but. This article will explain what AoD is, the changes we’ve made and what this means for our services going forward…

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