Biodiversity and nature conservation

Biodiversity in Hackney

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.

Bees and beekeeping

There are a number of beehives in Hackney including at Community Tree Nursery and Forest Garden on Hackney Marshes, Hackney City Farm and St Mary’s Secret Garden.

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.


Improving biodiversity advice

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

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’.

Monitoring biodiversity

We work closely with Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to record and monitor biodiversity in our borough.

Page updated on: 20 December 2022

Parks and Green Spaces


Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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