21/08/2016

Biodiversity

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SWLEN supports local initiatives to protect and enhance local parks and open spaces, facilitating the preservation of local biodiversity, and promoting the conservation and improvement of the natural environment.

One such initiative is the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership, which brings together organisations and individuals to conserve and enhance biodiversity in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. SWLEN acts as the Partnership’s secretariat as well as chairing the Partnership.

The Partnership set up in 1996 relaunching in 2005 exists to identify and protect wildlife habitats and species through the provision of a plan, the local authority with easy access to nature, and encouraging the community to care for their environment. Activities have included tours to biodiversity-rich green spaces in the borough to share best practice, habitat management and projects; leaflets on the importance of certain species, and garden surveys to encourage local residents to take an interest in their gardens.

Members represent a range of local interests concerned with wildlife and biodiversity, including:

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) is made up of fourteen Action Plans, each looked after by a working group which reports updates at the Partnership meetings. The Action Plans are downloadable in PDF format and are currently being updated for Autumn 2017 launch.

Habitat Action Plans (HAPs)

RuT Acid Grassland HAP

RuT Ancient Parkland & Veteran Trees HAP

RuT Broad-leaved Woodland HAP

RuT Hedges HAP

RuT Private Gardens HAP

RuT Reedbeds HAP

RuT Tidal Thames HAP

Species Action Plans (SAPs)

RuT Bats SAP

RuT Black Poplar SAP

RuT Mistletoe SAP

RuT Song thrush SAP

RuT Stag Beetle SAP

RuT Tower Mustard SAP

RuT Water Vole SAP

The BAP itself can be download Richmond (upon Thames) Biodiversity Action Plan.

Action Plans are in development for Swifts and House Sparrows, the latter having a project of SWLEN’s collecting data about their population and distribution across Richmond upon Thames.

Information on honey bees (an extremely important part of food production) can be found on the Twickenham and Thames Valley Beekeepers website.

Can you help?

We need volunteers to help the Partnership and its working groups to protect, conserve and increase biological diversity. If you are interested in particular species or habitats, can spare time to collect wildlife data or are interested in monitoring local planning then please contact Colin Cooper.

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