GiGL collates species data collected at any point in Greater London’s history.
Currently, the oldest records in the GiGL partnership data are fly orchid and annual knawel recorded in 1713, although we term any record more than ten years old as “historic”. The database even includes some of Darwin’s own records from his studies in Bromley in the 1800s.
The majority of our “historic” records however are from the last 20 years, and are still very useful.
Historic records may be of long living species that are still in place, or they may represent populations that are no longer found at a site, or they may give us clues as to where the same species can be found today.
If you have archive records for Greater London that you don’t think are in the partnership database, get in touch. We’d love to discuss adding them to our database.