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The Riverfly Monitoring Initiative: an update

It was over six years ago that ZSL wrote an article in the GiGLer about the launch of the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (RMI) Hub within London. The project has been busy ever since. In spring 2014 the first ZSL led training events were offered on the River Crane and the Hogsmill. Since then the scheme has expanded to include groups of citizen scientists on 16 rivers within Greater London…

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The Zooniverse of London Birds

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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River Citizen Scientists

I’m pleased to write that my article on ZSL’s European eel monitoring project for the GiGLer in December 2012 successfully attracted new partners and volunteers to the project. I’m hopeful this article might do the same for another citizen science project ZSL are initiating. But first, let me bring you up to date with the latest news from our eel monitoring in the Thames region.

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Citizen Science

Citizen science is not new. The Guide to Citizen Science (2012), a joint publication between the Biological Records Centre (part of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and the Natural History Museum, highlights a long tradition of people contributing their free time and expertise to the discovery and understanding of British wildlife.

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Counting Sparrows

House sparrows are no longer ubiquitous. Both rural and urban populations in the UK have shown a severe decline. In London numbers fell by a shocking 68% between 1994 and 2000. The drop in numbers has been so dramatic that sparrows are now “red-listed” as a species of high conservation concern.

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Olympic Summer

London Wildlife Trust has been a ‘critical friend’ of London 2012 Games. For us to not have a voice in the largest urban park development in the UK for the last 150 years would be to the detriment of London’s wildlife. Our support was given on the proviso that there would be a net-gain in biodiversity as a result of the Games.

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