Publications by London Wildlife Trust

We publish lots of useful information for those interested in London and its wildlife. There are also many Wildlife Trusts publications which are highly relevant to London.

Wild London magazine - summer 2016


Wild London magazine

Wild London is our members’ magazine, published three times a year. Find out what the Trust is doing across London, learn about London's wildlife species and discover our many nature reserves.

Wild London is a treat for anyone interested in nature in the capital.

Your Wild Guide to the nature reserves of London Wildlife Trust


Your Wild Guide to the nature reserves of London Wildlife Trust

A 76-page nature reserves guide, packed with beautiful pictures, wildlife facts, and visiting information for the Trust's most popular reserves. Includes site opening times, maps, accessibility, public transport links, and what species can be found there.

This guide comes as a free gift for members of London Wildlife Trust - sign up today to get your copy.

Our other publications include reports and research into London's wildlife and natural environment. The publications below are available for you to download for free.

London Wildlife Trust Annual Review 2017-2018
London Wildlife Trust Annual Review 2017-2018

London Wildlife Trust enjoyed a memorable year, with the opening of two new nature reserves, upscaling of our outdoor education programmes and delivery of exciting new citizen science initiatives across the capital, amongst many other achievements.

From looking after 476 hectares of wildlife-rich habitat across the capital, to inspiring 14,000 school children and young Londoners to enjoy engaging with nature, to growing our policy work, the Trust has delivered a huge range of activities over this past year. 

And all of this was made possible by more than 14,500 members, 1,300 volunteers, and our many dedicated funders and partners. This annual review contains some highlights, to give you a flavour of what can be achieved when we all work together for a wildlife-rich future.

London Wildlife Trust Annual Review 2016-17


Annual Review: A summary of London Wildlife Trust's impact in 2016-17

London Wildlife Trust delivers a wide range of programmes, from restoring valuable wild habitats across the capital city, to supporting people from under-represented backgrounds to engage in nature.

It can be difficult to encapsulate all that we do in one place – this review contains some key highlights of our year to give you a flavour of what can be achieved when we all work together for London’s wildlife.




For a Wilder City: Our strategic plan for 2015-2020

Protecting and enhancing London's nature and promoting its value to all people, helping them connect with the wildlife on their doorsteps, is the crucial mission and rallying cry of London Wildlife Trust.

The city faces unprecedented challenges to meet the needs of a growing population. Natural spaces face pressures from development and climate change, while resources to manage them are increasingly vulnerable. Our strategic plan places the Trust at the heart of addressing this challenge. 


The Primrose Hill Declaration


The Primrose Hill Declaration

In May 1981 the Primrose Hill Declaration was a manifesto and clarion call set out by the Trust’s founders to gain support of their work. It set out a vision for London that would be greener, more environmentally sensitive, and more inclusive.

It is rooted in the actions taken by people in the 19th century to protect some of London’s great landscapes from being built on, and places the embryonic Trust in that framework; a collectivist, grassroots approach to putting nature back in the heart of the city. The language may have dated since then but the overall objectives that the Declaration calls for are as relevant as ever.



Spaces Wild: Championing the values of London's wildlife sites

October 2015

Thirty years after the full range of London’s wildlife sites were first officially recognised, a new report from London Wildlife Trust, Spaces Wild, highlights the importance of protecting these sites for people, for nature, and as a critical component of London’s green infrastructure. Pressure on these sites is increasing for a range of reasons and now, more than ever, is the time to raise awareness of the value to Londoners.



Peaty Finders: Discovering London's last peat bogs

May 2015

Once common across large areas of England such bogs are becoming increasingly scarce, but the beautiful, star-like flowers of bog asphodel still bloom in Bromley, the rare marsh violet can still be found in Shirley near Croydon and the lesser skullcap, pollinated by the long-tongued bee, can still be spotted on Wimbledon Common. 


Living with Rainwater


Living with Rainwater

December 2014

Living with Rainwater is a community guide to creating urban greenspaces for environmental resilience.

The Lost Effra Project empowers communities to create green landscape features to increase local climate resilience and improve neighbourhoods for people and wildlife. This is the project's introductory guide to creating household scale rain gardens, building green roofs, depaving and fitting rainwater harvesting.



All Change?: The status of biodiversity conservation in London

Decemeber 2013

A new report published by London Wildlife Trust and Greenspace Information for Greater London, suggests that the conservation of nature and wildlife in London remains under threat.

The report is a summary of an audit undertaken during 2013 which looked at the status of nature conservation policies in local plans, the London Wildlife Site System, Biodiversity Action Plans and at a number of other issues affecting the conservation of the capital’s nature.




natural legacy of the 2012 Games: London Wildlife Trust's vision for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London Wildlife Trust wants the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to be rich in wildlife and accessible to all. The Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan will be integral for the Park to become recognised as a site of importance for nature conservation and will help to embed a community-led conservation focus in this part of east London. This is our Vision for a Natural Legacy of the 2012 Games.

We believe that it is critical to demonstrate the importance of people in achieving biodiversity objectives and securing a Natural Legacy for the Olympic Games. We believe that community and youth engagement, volunteering, education and ecological function are key ingredients for a sustainable and wildlife rich Park with the OP BAP central to our Vision. 


A Natural Future for London: Our strategic plan for 2010-2015

London is a world city, famous amongst other things for its iconic landmarks and rich cultural life. What is less well-known is the amazing range of wildlife our city supports, including natural spaces and valuable habitats, as well as thousands of species, from algae and fungi, to molluscs and mammals.

 But this biological richness is being eroded and is under constant threat from everything from habitat fragmentation and development to climate change and chemical pollutants.

London Garden City?London: Garden City?

In partnership with Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) London Wildlife Trust recently conducted a pioneering study, London: Garden City?

This revealed that London's gardens - which make up nearly a quarter of Greater London - are changing from green to grey. Garden greenspace in the capital's gardens has been lost at a rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year - driven by recent trends in garden design.

Hard surfacing - including decking and paving - increased by over 25 per cent during the 100-month study period. The report highlights that the impacts of garden design and management on the environmental role of gardens is an issue that needs to be addressed.


A living landscape: A call to restore the UK's battered ecosystems, for wildlife and people

To adapt to climate change, the UK’s wildlife will need to move along ‘climate corridors’ up and down the country, or to shadier slopes or cooler valleys. Wildlife has done it all before, after the last ice age, but this time the change is faster and there are unexpected obstacles: cities, motorways and expanses of hostile countryside.
If we don’t give our wildlife enough room to manoeuvre, a collapse in biodiversity is inevitable. For decades we have been slowing the decline in biodiversity by protecting small oases of wildlife as an emergency measure. Now, in the face of climate change, it is essential that we link these oases and restore our ecosystems and natural processes at a speed and on a scale that we would once have felt was impossible





London's life-force: How to bring natural values to Community Strategies

This publication is about quality of life. It explains how the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment is linked to those issues which are mentioned most when people consider the wellbeing of their local community and condition of their local neighbourhood. It explores why these links are important and how the connections can be strengthened. It illustrates the benefits of integrating nature with initiatives related to health, housing, community cohesion, education, economic prosperity and the environment, and demonstrates these through case studies which are all London-based.




London's natural values: Why an ecological approach to the design and management of greenspaces benefits us all

This document is about the benefits that can be gained from adopting an ecological approach to the design and management of London’s parks and greenspaces. This would deliver sustainable solutions to challenges such as:

  • flood management
  • reducing the adverse effects of microclimates
  • sustainable resource use
  • pollution control
  • coping with climate change
  • biodiversity conservation

Case studies show how it is possible to tackle these issues in practical ways that make a real difference. The document also dovetails with emerging government policies that address sustainable communities and quality of life.



Brownfield? Greenfield? The threat to London's unofficial countryside

In this report, we aim to demonstrate that urban wastelands are far from being wasted assets. They often support a rich array of wildlife and provide people living and working in urban areas with the opportunity to experience nature on their doorsteps. This is particularly important where public access to other local green open spaces is very limited. Brownfield sites (the term used by developers and planners to refer to previously-developed land) are often more natural and full of wildlife than many greenfield sites.

London Wildlife Trust supports the need for positive action to revitalise parts of our city. But the government’s commitment to prioritise brownfield sites for development has already resulted in the loss of wasteland sites recognised in London for their wildlife importance. We believe that a more sustainable approach to brownfield development is essential. It must recognise the significant biodiversity of many of these sites and the role they offer in the provision of green open space for local communities. London Wildlife Trust thinks this approach is realistic, despite the many pressures on these sites for new development.



A buzz up top: Encouraging the conservation of invertebrates on living roofs and walls

A buzz up top aims to inspire and encourage anyone involved with the planning, design, specification, installation and management of green roofs and living walls, to include elements and features that benefit insects and other invertebrates. 

Green roofs and living walls areincreasingly recognised as vitalcomponents of urban green infrastructure. They can performessential ecosystem services to help mitigate the impacts of climate change in towns and cities, serve to provide more attractive and accessible roof surfaces, and importantly provide additional spaces to conserve biodiversity.