Conservation partners

We work with a range of partners in the delivery of our conservation work, especially local authorities, Government departments and agencies, other nature conservation organisations, some private companies, and local groups.
Collectively, the 33 local authorities manage the largest amount of land under nature conservation management in London, usually through their parks management services.
Many employ ecologists that provide additional expertise, and support for specialist projects.
Critically, local authorities are also highly influential in the identification and protection of important wildlife sites through the planning process.
The key government department relevant to our work is Defra, responsible for setting nature conservation policy, and providing resources, primarily through environmental stewardship schemes.
The Forestry Commission oversees the national strategy for woodlands. It has a small conservancy based in London, that is responsible for the London Tree & Woodland Framework.
The two other influential government departments are the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG, responsible for planning, housing, regeneration and a number of other, primarily urban, functions) and the Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS, responsible for museums, the Olympics, and The Royal Parks).


Government policy is directly delivered through two key agencies; Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Natural England oversees the statutory sites system (for example Sites of Special Scientific Interest), the management of environment stewardship schemes, and the licensing of work affecting a range of species.
The Environment Agency has a regulatory role in respect of water quality, flood management, waste and pollution, and is responsible for delivery of the Water Framework Directive.
Three additional statutory authorities with a key role in nature conservation in London are The Royal Parks, which manage nine sites in the capital, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority that oversees the Lee river corridor north of the Olympic Park into Hertfordshire and Essex, and the Port of London Authority, responsible for the navigable Thames downstream of Tower Bridge.


Over 30 voluntary nature conservation organisations are now active in London. Some have interests in a particular site, habitat or suite of species, others are more involved in engaging people in practical activities.
We work with many of them on particular projects, and collaborate on the delivery of biodiversity action plan objectives.
They include:


Locally, a large number of community groups and civic societies are active in the management and oversight of local greenspaces and natural heritage issues across London.
In addition, many organisations work together in a range of partnerships and fora to promote issues of mutual interest.
Those of relevance to London's nature include: