Conservation Project launched at London Wetland Centre


A Plan to conserve Richmond’s richly-diverse plant and wildlife for future generations has been launched  at the Centre in Barnes.   Environment councillors joined Sir David Attenborough, members of the South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) and others to reveal the Richmond upon Thames’ Biodiversity Action Plan.  It’s been produced by the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership – a partnership of organisations and residents, working to protect the local biodiversity – in association with Richmond Council, and engaging land owners, managers and residents.  

Colin Cooper, Chief Executive of SWLEN explains:   “What difference does a biodiversity action plan make? It means 1.5km of new hedgerows, restored and expanded reedbeds, over 1km of river restoration work, large scale stag beetle loggery and bird box installation, mistletoe regeneration, dozens of hedgehog sightings.”

Volunteers from the TCV (Trust for Conservation Volunteers) in Richmond will be responsible for doing much of the work in the field to achieve the Plan’s objectives. They would be extremely happy to embrace new volunteers!

And Sir David Attenborough heartily supports the project:  “I am so heartened that an audience of this kind should turn out to consider local action plans of the most practical and most humble level. The enthusiasm, insight and knowledge that is so evident, makes me feel very privileged to be living where I do.”