Something very significant is happening in London. It’s a plan to make London the world’s first National Park City. Now that’s an idea that could catch on in a very big way. Over the past 18 months, a movement has been growing, drawing together Londoners who want to apply National Park principles to the whole … Continue reading London: A National Park City
In reviewing the wildlife habitats of British towns and cities for my recent book Nature in Towns and Cities (Harper Collins 2014) I became acutely aware that many of the UK’s most spectacular urban wetlands resulted from industrial activities. The most extensive of these are newly created lakes that formed as a result of sand … Continue reading Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation
The swifts have gone. They left about a week ago and the sky is silent over British towns and cities. By now they will be well on their way south, quartering marshes in the south of France and Spain, making for Gibraltar where they cross to Africa; airborne now until they return next May. They … Continue reading Swift Action Needed
In 2008 the London Natural History Society celebrated its 150th anniversary with a conference on ‘London’s Natural History: past, present and future’. I was asked to consider future prospects. What changes might we expect in London’s natural history in fifty year’s time, and what are the prospects for the Society? Whilst I recognised that making … Continue reading Can Smartphones Save Urban Natural History?
Over the past two weeks I have experienced two very different aspects of urban ecology. The first centered on a pair of peregrine falcons nesting close to where I live in the city of Bath. The second was a visit to the Olympic Parklands which have been created for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. … Continue reading Colonisation and Creativity: Two of the Drivers in Urban Ecology