Monitoring biodiversity

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


Record your wildlife sightings

We need your help to build a better picture of the wildlife in Hackney. Tell GiGL about any birds, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles that you see, and where you saw them.

Why do we record wildlife?

We need to understand what species and habitats we have in order to make informed decisions about how to manage our environment. Knowing what wildlife shares our borough gives us the knowledge to:

  • manage parks and open spaces for specific habitats and species
  • consider biodiversity in planning policy and responses
  • target projects towards the species and habitats that most need our help

Local wildlife records also contribute to our understanding of how biodiversity is changing over time at both the regional and national scale.

What should be recorded?

We encourage you to submit any records that you collect of habitats or species. This could be a list of birds that you see in your local park, a butterfly that visits your window box, or a thorough site survey. At the moment, we are particularly keen for people to record amphibians and mammals as these groups are currently under-recorded across London.

Help identifying wildlife

If you have spotted something but aren’t sure what it is, there are plenty of places to go for help:

  • put a photo on Sustainable Hackney and see if anyone can tell you what it is
  • visit iSpot for advice from a national network of wildlife spotters

More information

Page updated on: 7 July 2022

Parks and Green Spaces


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


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  • Wednesday – 9am to 4pm (telephone)