Wildlife and the 2012 Olympics

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 is working to ensure wildlife and the wider environment is well represented during the build, staging and especially legacy phases of the Games.
We have a dedicated 2012 Legacy Manager and run regular education and volunteering sessions in the area.

A natural legacy

The origins of most sport come from our interaction with the natural environment.
The Wildlife Trusts want to help London 2012 achieve a natural legacy post-Games particularly in the major venues of London (Olympic Park), Dorset (Portland Sailing Academy), Essex (Hadleigh Farm), Berkshire (Eton Dorney) and Hertfordshire and Middlesex (Broxbourne).
For London, we have been working with the Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure that biodiversity is protected and enhanced pre and post-Games through the Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan.
This work to achieve 45ha of Grade 1 Sites of Borough Importance habitats and 102ha of Metropolitan Open Space within the Olympic Park by 2014 is ongoing.
For more information contact Girish Rambaran - grambaran@wildlondon.org.uk.

The Greenway

This is a great London Wildlife Trust project - The Greenway is a stretch of east London land that runs right by the Olympic site and we run volunteering sessions along it
Once totally neglected, we're helping to transform it into something to be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and lots of wild creatures.
We've spotted greenfinches, blue and great tits, sparrows, blackbirds, butterflies, bees and dragonflies enjoying this important slice of green space.
Greenway: Learn
Greenway: Explore
Greenway: Volunteer

The View Tube

The ever-popular View Tube will be reopening in December 2012.
The View Tube (made from lime green shipping containers) is a great classroom with amazing Olympic views that sits on the Greenway near Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.
London Wildlife Trust has a base in the building along with the Field Studies Council, running science, geography, history and citizenship lessons for primary and secondary school classes.
It's a unique place for education sessions. For more info and to make a provisional booking please contact Girish Rambaran - grambaran@wildlondon.org.uk.
Find out more about green schools for the Greenway.

Old Ford Island nature reserve

Attached to the Greenway and adjacent to the Olympic Stadium is this nature reserve owned by Thames Water and managed by London Wildlife Trust.
Find out more about Old Ford Island.

Trees for the hosts

This is an exciting opportunity for schools in the six host boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Greenwich) to get involved with London 2012.
Wildlife-friendly tree planting sessions will be led on school grounds that are in need of some life.
Trees and session leaders will be provided free - all that is needed is willing children to help plant them and to learn about the value of trees to the environment.
Contact Girish Rambaran - grambaran@wildlondon.org.uk.

Team challenges

Corporate volunteers have been helping to transform the Greenway.
Just recently, people from Defra, the Government Olympic Executive and Barclays have lent a hand on site.
Conservation volunteering is a great team-building exercise and a genuine treat away from the desk for office-bound people.
Find out more about employee volunteering.

2012 Changing Places

To get involved with other 2012 volunteering opportunities, please visit London 2012's Changing Places.
It has a number of interesting projects that you can get involved with, including some of our very own.