An update on the birds & the bees

02 March 2015

This meeting took place on 3 March 2015. Read the transcript here.

In the three years up to 2012, some 215 hectares of “open space land” has been lost in the capital and the Mayoral Strategy on biodiversity has not been updated since 2002.

Almost two thirds of London is made up of green spaces and more than 1,300 sites are recognised as being of value to wildlife. [1]

The London Assembly Environment Committee will receive an update tomorrow on the Mayor’s Biodiversity Strategy. In 2013 the Committee undertook a survey to find out how well London’s green spaces and wildlife habitats are being protected – in this meeting Assembly Members will examine if recommendations to the Mayor have been taken on board.

The proposal of creating a Greater London National Park will also be discussed.

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

Peter Massini, Principal Policy & Programme Officer, Greater London Authority (GLA)

Kathy Wormald, Chief Executive Officer, Froglife

Claire Wansbury, Associate Director of Ecology, Atkins

John Archer, Vice Chair, London Boroughs Biodiversity Forum (LBBF)

Mathew Frith, Director of Policy & Planning, London Wildlife Trust (LWT)

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 3 March from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

Environment Committee investigation into London’s biodiversity, 2013 – publication page

Full Agenda papers.

Stephen Knight AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.