London is wilder than you think. The capital is home to over 14,000 different types of plants and animals. Peregrine falcons nest on skyscrapers; stag beetles thrive in the suburbs; seals swim the Thames.
Count local wildlife
There are lots of ways that you can get involved. You can:
- find London’s hedgehogs and send in your sightings through London Wildlife Trust
- join the Big Butterfly Count with Butterfly Conservation in the summer
- get stuck in to the Great British Wildflower Hunt with Plantlife
- help London Wildlife Trust count some of the capital’s most important animals including dragonflies, stag beetles, kestrels, deer and owls
- find out more about recording wildlife and submit sightings of other plants and animals at GiGL
Why do we need to count local wildlife?
As a National Park City, London will be rich with wildlife. Some of the city’s plants and animals are doing well, like the urban foxes who live happily alongside people. Others have seen their numbers fall: there is only one population of hedgehogs left in central London.
Take time to notice our wild neighbours. Watching and counting local wildlife is fun, but also important. Recording what you see helps us understand whether different plants and animals are thriving or struggling, and what we need to do to help them.