Around half of London is made up of green spaces, rivers and tranquil wetlands. It’s home to an astonishing abundance of wildlife – from mammals to molluscs, from sparrows to skylarks, from towering trees to the tiniest of bugs and beetles. And London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting this wildlife and its vital habitat across the capital. Formed in 1981, we now belong to a partnership of 46 Wildlife Trusts across the UK – working together to conserve nature and help everyone connect with the plants, animals and habitats in their local communities.
Our vision is of a London alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife and the wider environment. But right now, our city is facing a climate and ecological emergency. Here, as in communities across the globe, there’s growing disruption to the natural world – from extreme weather events, to declining bee populations and natural flood management. What’s more, London’s wild spaces are under pressure from development and the needs of a growing population. Yet they’re a vital contributor to our health and wellbeing – never more so than in this period of global insecurity, when so many people have found solace by spending time in nature.
It’s not enough to just slow down the loss of the natural world and protect what remains of our wildlife. We need to stop and reverse the declines – at scale and at pace.
That’s why we’ve put together a bold and farreaching strategy to:
- Protect, restore and enhance London’s biodiversity and ensure our natural habitats help address the climate and ecological emergency.
- Engage and enable all Londoners to connect with nature and be able to access the natural environment in their own neighbourhoods.
- Inspire residents, policy makers and opinion formers to stand up for nature and work for its recovery.
If we all work together, there is hope for the future of our city’s wildlife – and we’re determined to step up to the challenge.