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Planning Ahead

By Minhyuk Seo | 0 Comments

It’s been an exciting time at GiGL HQ these last couple of months; a period of change, rebuilding and planning. There were farewells and welcome additions to the GiGL Family, as well as time spent reviewing GiGL’s systems and services to better communicate how we serve Londoners and the biodiversity around them…

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Knowles Knows: Areas of Deficiency (AoD)

By Emma Knowles | June 2019

Emma is GiGL’s Partnership Officer. Drawing from her experience working with GiGL partners, research students and the community over the years, Emma will be answering frequently asked questions and explaining commonly misunderstood terms in this new article series. In this article: What is AoD? So what exactly are SINCs and POS? Why do we measure AoD? How is AoD used? How is AoD measured?

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Show & Tell: Take a look on the wild side – the development of environmental factsheets and their application to the community

By Benjamin Town | June 2019

Environmental data have always been one of the cornerstones of planning applications and with the increased importance and influence that the living environment has on our city, the drive for a well-informed planning process has only increased…

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Interview, Laura Kuurne

By Laura Kuurne | June 2019

Laura is GiGL’s Database Officer. She delivers work to review, develop and maintain GiGL’s datasets of the capital’s Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) and their citations, open spaces, and habitats…

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Being a GiGL SLA partner

By Chloe Smith | May 2019

Partnership is used to describe relationships, business associations and cultural collaborations. Partnership is about sharing and shared endeavours. To GiGL, our partners are organisations who have a stake in London’s natural environment and the data that illuminate it…

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Joy of Recording

By Amelia Stodel | April 2019

…I returned to the UK in 2011, moving into a house boat on a wharf at the junction of the rivers Brent and Thames. One day, while working on a small patch of garden on the wharf’s bank, I noticed a tiny little snail that I hadn’t previously encountered; after making enquiries around the neighbourhood, my landlord told me it was a Thames two-lipped snail (Balea biplicata)…

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Show & Tell: SINCs and the City – how nature is protected in the urban landscape

By Laura Kuurne | March 2019

In a rapidly growing city such as London, it is increasingly important to identify, enhance and protect areas that support habitats for wildlife. As well as having socioeconomic benefits, access to wildlife-rich environments have been found to improve people’s happiness and health…

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Book Review: “Wonderland” by Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss

By Minhyuk Seo | February 2019

Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss are names you will have come across if you watch or listen to any BBC wildlife programmes or radio series. They are household names in the BBC Natural History Unit when it comes to British wildlife…

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Interview, Jon Riley

By Jon Riley | January 2019

GiGL’s Board of Directors are central to our work and our success. Their commitment and expertise helps guide GiGL and keeps us moving forward and developing. Directors are on the front line of biodiversity and open space work in the capital. They are GiGL service users and contribute to our data banks, as well as serving as ambassadors for GiGL….

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