Our projects

Keeping it Wild Wild Action Day

Credit Penny Dixie 

Our projects

We run a range of projects across London to help boost wildlife and connect people to nature. 

You can find more about our projects below:

The latest News and Events from our project teams:

A snapshot of our completed projects:

Previous projects

A snapshot of our completed projects:

A Cool Place To Live

A Cool Place To Live

Barking riverside - A cool place to live

Working with social landlords and residents to develop green space solutions to address the impacts of climate change.

Back to Chalk

Grazing sheep

Grazing sheep at Saltbox Hill credit Matthew Rich

Focusing on London's downland – the dry valley systems that contain chalk grassland, chalk scrub and woodland.

Brilliant Butterflies

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly credit Nick Upton/2020VISION

London Wildlife Trust, the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation worked together to create new homes for butterflies, insects and wildflowers. 

Find out more here

Budding Together

Budding Together

A project for people experiencing mental health problems; a unique chance for them to get up close to nature.

Connecting London's Amphibian and Reptile Environments

Common lizard

Common lizard at Hutchinson's Bank credit Mathew Frith

Life isn't easy for reptiles and amphibians in London – so the Connecting London's Amphibian and Reptile Environments (CLARE) project was set up to lend a helping hand.

Crane Valley Project

An exciting scheme to breathe new life into this previously neglected river – one whose waters are rich in history and provide a precious home for wildlife.

Do You Dig It?

Do You Dig It? was an education, food-growing and community outreach project, based at Camley Street Natural Park.

Earn Your Travel Back

Earn Your Travel Back

Earn Your Travel Back was a scheme that gave young Londoners who had lost their right to free travel the chance to earn their Oyster cards back by volunteering for London Wildlife Trust.

From Thorn to Orchid

Greater yellow rattle at Hutchinson's Bank

Greater yellow rattle at Hutchinson's Bank credit Mathew Frith

‘From Thorn to Orchid’ was a project aimed at securing the future conservation heritage of some of the last remaining chalk grasslands within London.

Great North Wood

Autumn leaves and trees in the Great North Wood

Daniel Greenwood

Fragments of a mighty woodland can still be found in south London. The Great North Wood gave rise to the names of local districts such as Norwood, Forest Hill and Penge. We aimed to raise awareness of this historic woodland landscape and help enhance it for future generations to enjoy.

Find out more here

Growing Out

Growing Out Project

Growing Out Project 

Growing Out was an exciting London Wildlife Trust project that worked with young adults with mild learning disabilities. Each week we worked with groups of around ten young adults to build their skills in gardening and practical conservation work.

The Lost Effra project

Cressingham rain gardens on the Lost Effra project

Cressingham rain gardens, Lost Effra project credit Sam Mellish

Imagine if every household in London depaved their front garden, built a green roof on their shed or fitted a water butt to capture rainwater from their roof

The Lost Effra Project empowers communities to create green landscape features to increase local climate resilience and improve neighbourhoods for people and wildlife.

London Wildlife Trust & Mace Foundation, working together for people and wildlife.

This video focuses on a portion of the Lost Effra project where Mace worked with London Wildlife Trust on an innovative rainwater scheme at Rosendale Allotments near Herne Hill.

Read the project's guide to creating urban greenspaces for environmental resilience

Natural Estates

Natural Estates wildflower meadow

Sycamore Gardens wildflower meadow credit Karolina Gogol 

The Natural Estates project involved more than 7,000 residents in enhancing and maintaining their common green spaces, improving their physical and emotional health, social cohesion and promoting active citizenship.

Natural Estates was a partnership between London Wildlife Trust, eight social landlords, and Groundwork London; funded through Big Lottery Access to Nature, in collaboration with Natural England.

New Roots

New Roots

New Roots was a project set up to engage ex-offenders in practical horticulture and conservation activities, with an aim to improve their employment prospects.

Potted History

Film by Theo Wallis

A gardening and reminiscence project that makes use of memory and nature-based activities to improve the self-confidence and wellbeing of socially-isolated older people.

Tump 53 / Wild about Thamesmead

Tump 53 Open Day

Tump 53 Open Day credit Trust Thamesmead

Tump 53 is a former munitions testing site which is now a beautiful nature reserve in the heart of Thamesmead in south east London. The Wild about Thamesmead campaign secured funding to re-open the site in 2013.

Urban Urchins


Hedgehog credit Tom Marshall

London's hedgehogs are in trouble, with the city's population falling by nearly a third in ten years. We're now calling on everyone in London to help us reverse this shocking decline, and ensure our hedgehogs can continue to live in the city for decades to come.

We're now calling on everyone in London to help us reverse this shocking decline, and ensure our hedgehogs can continue to live in the city for decades to come. With a few simple steps, we can all do our bit to help.

One of our biggest priorities is recording where hedgehogs live in London, so we can build an accurate picture of where our help is most needed. As part of our 'Urban Urchins' project we are asking Londoners, if they have seen a hedgehog at any time and in any part of the capital, to fill in the online form linked below and record their sighting:

Vole Patrol

Pygmy shrew

Pygmy shrew credit Phil Winter

We launched Vole Patrol to investigate how small mammals such as mice, shrew and vole are faring at selected woodland habitats in west London. The findings have helped increase awareness of these species and informed future conservation efforts.

The Trust trained 25 volunteers in specialist monitoring techniques to help survey populations of wood mouse, yellow-necked mouse, common shrew, pygmy shrew and bank vole at eight woodland habitats in west London. 

Our thanks to the many volunteers who helped support the project, and to National Lottery Heritage Fund for funding this groundbreaking work.

Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project

River Wandle

The Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The aim of this scheme, delivered by a range of partners is to revitalise the River Wandle as an identifiable, high quality asset to the communities of south London, through engagement with the natural and built heritage of the river.

The aim of this project is to secure the interest of social housing communities in proximity (within about 2km) to the River Wandle and to help ensure that they have the opportunities to become involved in and benefit from the activities.

Water for Wildlife

This project focussed on London's freshwater habitats - discovering what's living in them, and encouraging more wildlife to do so. The team monitored and mapped waterways, making practical conservation improvements to key sites and strengthening their wildlife value.

Find out more here

Water Vole Conservation

Water vole

Water vole credit Margaret Holland

London Wildlife Trust's water vole project started in March 2001 and is dedicated to the conservation of this species throughout Greater London.

The Biodiversity Action Plan for London includes the water vole as a key species. We identified a number of important locations where water voles still thrive. In Greater London, water vole distribution is sparse with some concentration towards the Thames Estuary.

The most significant populations can be found in dykes in the marshes at Rainham and Crayford to the east of London. Other healthy populations live on rivers such as the Ingrebourne, Beam, Crane, Colne, Frays and waterways in the Lea Valley.

Wild at Heart

Mayesbrook Park

Mayesbrook Park 

Wild At Heart aims to encourage the local community to become actively involved in looking after, improving and enjoying their park.

The project took place at Mayesbrook Park in Barking and Dagenham, and broke down the barriers to nature and reconnecting people with their much-loved park.

The Wild at Heart project is a London Wildlife Trust project in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council, funded by Natural England's Access to Nature Fund.

Wild London Inclusive London

Football crazy

credit Beryl Covington

The Wild London Inclusive London project worked with a range of communities historically under-represented in the conservation sector.

Based around the built-up areas of Camden, Hackney and Southwark, the project engaged people in the improvement of their local green spaces and supported volunteers to develop their conservation skills.

Wildlife and the 2012 Olympics

London Olympic Park

London 2012 will be the biggest public sporting event to occur in many of our life times. An event of this scale inevitably comes with it threats to and opportunities for biodiversity.

London Wildlife Trust worked to ensure wildlife and the wider environment is well represented during the build, staging and especially the legacy phases of the Games.

Wildlife on Your Waterways

Broad-bodied chaser

Broad-bodied chaser at Camley Street Natural Park credit Penny Frith

An innovative project focused on the management and enhancement of a unique urban waterway environment.

Based at Camley Street Natural Park, the project explored the green spaces and aquatic environments found along a stretch of the Regent's canal running from Camden lock to Islington Tunnel.

Working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and other stakeholders, the project looked at what can already be found along this historic waterway, and ways in which it could be maintained and enhanced for established wildlife.

Wild Talent

Film created by Sam Liebmann and Sedi Ghadiri

Over four years our Wild Talent programme trained dozens of enthusiastic recruits eager to learn new skills and start a new career in conservation.

The Wild Talent project was specifically funded to challenge the barriers that exclude some people from working in environmental conservation. It aimed to address skill shortages in the nature conservation sector and increase the diversity of our workforce. 

Each trainee spent several hours each week working at our nature reserves alongside professional conservation staff. They developed a broad range of skills required in the conservation sector, including practical conservation and reserve management; surveying and monitoring; and community engagement and education.


2020VISION is the most ambitious photography-based conservation initiative ever staged in Britain. It's about communicating a vision for a wilder Britain - not only for wildlife, but for us too.

London Wildlife Trust is working with the John Muir Trust to coordinate the Young Champions project for the London iWitness Assignment: Biodiver-city - the Greater Thames Futurescape.

2020VISION is spearheaded by the Wild Media Foundation, a social enterprise company working to bring nature's stories to life through the use of intelligent visual media.

Bertie Gregory has been recruited as a the London Wildlife Trust 2020VISION Young Champion. You can see examples of his photography on his website

His brief is to gather images of urban wildlife - especially in spaces with iconic London buildings or vistas in the background, including the following: 

  • a fox set that's used daily, preferably in an urban setting (eg a back garden or a park) and with cubs (in the spring);

  • Peregrine falcons and their nests;

  • Wildlife in unlikely situations;

  • People/animal interactions. 

If you know of any sites in London where the above may be seen, please contact Bertie - bertiegregory@live.co.uk.