Biodiversity and nature conservation
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Our parks are home to a number of important plants and animals including bats, house sparrows and Britain’s rarest native tree, the black poplar. All of these species are recognised and work is being done across London to help protect them.
As well as honeybees, Hackney is home to a number of species of solitary bees and bumblebees, some of which are nationally rare. The brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species and has been recorded in Hackney. The hairy-footed flower bee (Anthophora plumipes) is a priority species in the Hackney BAP.
A number of advice notes have been produced to provide information about managing green spaces for wildlife and following best practice in planning, development and project management.
Sites of importance for nature conservation (SINCs) are areas designated for their importance for wildlife. The designation is also referred to as ‘non-statutory wildlife site’ or ‘local site’.
We work closely with Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to record and monitor biodiversity in our borough.