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London Wildlife Trust The only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces.

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Nature is a vital contributor to our well-being in London, and London Wildlife Trust believes it is possible to balance responsible development whilst protecting the city’s nature and enhancing her biodiversity. Nature needs to be part of London, and London needs her nature.

The Trust manages a fantastic range of 41 nature reserves spread across different parts of London, and runs a range of projects to help boost wildlife and connect people to nature.

Our vision: A London alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife.

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Selected London Wildlife Trust Projects

Water for Wildlife

Water for Wildlife was launched in 2016 and has since been collecting data and making habitat improvements across London. It will continue to run until December 2019, supported through funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Thames Water.

London’s freshwater habitats have always been an important part of people’s lives but unfortunately many have been modified, damaged and even built on to accommodate a growing population, increased demand for space, and the development of London. Luckily, people attitudes towards rivers and wetlands are slowly changing and London Wildlife Trust is now seeking to better understand these important habitats and the species they support, in order to manage and restore them.

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The Lost Effra

Lost Effra is a project that empowers communities along a stretch of culverted river to create new green landscape features. Our aim is to increase local resilience to flooding and the changing climate, while also improving neighbourhoods for people and wildlife.

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Keeping It Wild

Keeping it Wild is a new project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, that will empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in natural heritage, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wild spaces.  Young Londoners from a range of backgrounds will have the opportunity to take part in five different activity strands, with their programme path tailored – by the young people themselves – to best suit their needs, interests and age group.

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London Wildlife Trust has over 20 years’ experience teaching children outdoors, providing brilliant hands-on nature lessons in London directly linked with the National Curriculum.


London Wildlife Trust has been carrying out practical conservation activity for over 30 years, guided by our aim to protect and conserve wildlife habitats and species populations within the capital, and to engage Londoners in this work.


Many research projects are undertaken by London Wildlife Trust, often in collaboration with other conservation organisations. Click the link here to find out about our ongoing research, and reports that have been recently published.

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Selected Upcoming Events Autumn 2018

Great North Wood Tree Walk at Buckthorne Cutting

When: 23rd September 11am-12pm
Where: Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve Entrance between Eddystone Road and Brockley Way, Crofton Park, SE4 2DE

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Discover one of south London’s best kept secrets, the Great North Wood. Join London Wildlife Trust and the Fourth Reserve Conservation Trust for a guided tree walk around the recently-opened Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve in Crofton Park. Learn how to identify different tree species, how trees relate to other woodland wildlife, their folklore and etymology, as well as past and current uses for wood and timber. This walk is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.

Wonderful Wildlife Weekends at Woodberry Wetlands

When: 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December, 11am-4pm
Where: On the lawn next to the Coal House Cafe, Woodberry Wetlands, London, N16 5HQ

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Drop-in for free, fun family activities run by London Wildlife Trust every Saturday during the summer holidays at Woodberry Wetlands by the Coal House Cafe. If you and your family want to learn more about the wildlife around you in London, join us at Woodberry Wetlands. These sessions are jam-packed with fun activities including bug hunting, nature crafts, stories, games, songs and making wildlife habitats. Taking place the first Saturday of every month, next to the Coal House Cafe.

Sessions are aimed at children of all ages and parents/carers together. All children must be accompanied throughout the session by an adult. No need to book, just drop in on the day. Suggested donation – £2

Great North Wood Winter Tree Walk at Dulwich Wood

When: 15th December 2-3pm
Where: Outside Sydenham Hill Rail Station on College Road, Dulwich Wood, London, SE21 7ND

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A guided walk to explore the fascinating world of trees. Learn how to identify trees in winter by looking at their buds, twigs and bark and explore an ancient fragment of the Great North Wood. This event is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.

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