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Wildlife sites in urban areas – challenges and benefits for people and wild...
Mon 12 December 2016, 10:00 – 15:00 GMT
This study day will be based on the two Park Wardens’ 15 years of experience in running a created ecology park in a rapidly developing urban area. It will based on informal sessions and presentations in the gatehouse centre and a tour of the Ecology Park, looking at the different habitats.
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park has played a crucial role in the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula and is part of a huge government regeneration scheme put into place in 1998. The Park opened to the public in 2002 and has become an established and remarkably diverse urban wetland. There are a variety of habitats supporting a great range of wildlife - a new bee for Britain was actually found here this year!
The Ecology Park has also become a vital community space for people in the area and is managed by The Conservation Volunteers TCV in partnership with The Land Trust (the landowners). The wardens organise school visits, work placements, events, youth offending reparation and volunteering programmes.
10am Welcome with tea and coffee
10.15am Background to the site – brief history of Peninsula and park as part of a new sustainable development
10.45am Guided tour looking at park habitats, stopping off at different points (depending on weather!) to talk more in depth about associated wildlife, park management and other activities on site
12.00 Indoor session on community involvement with questions
2.00 Indoor and outdoor session on urban ecology issues/effects of increased development/future plans – part of this will be indoors but we would like to take a walk around the area outside, taking in parts of the Thames Path, Greenwich Millennium Village and the Knight Dragon development
3.00 Tea, coffee and questions
Attendees are strongly advised to arrive by public transport as parking is severely limited (2 hour parking limit nearby and very expensive at the O2). Please contact study day organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.