Camden biodiversity action plan

Camden’s landscape is defined by both its built and natural environment. Biodiversity plays an integral role in defining this character from the expansive open spaces in the north of the borough to the tree-lined squares in the south and the canal that weaves through its centre.

Camden’s biodiversity provides us with a variety of vital services. Trees and plants clean the air and help to regulate city temperatures; vegetated areas absorb rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding; and insects such as bees provide valuable pollination services for wildflowers and locally grown food.

There are also many social, cultural, education, health and recreation benefits provided by biodiversity to people in Camden.

This means that protecting biodiversity is not just about looking after rare species and habitats, but also helps to support future generations of Camden residents.

The Camden Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) outlines a series of actions to ensure that biodiversity is safeguarded in the borough and that people in Camden have opportunities to get involved with nature. There are 3 key areas of focus:

Access to Nature

These actions aim to ensure that opportunities are available for Camden’s residents to get involved in nature across the borough for the range of health, wellbeing and social benefits it can provide.

There is a strong focus on physical and social access to the natural environment - we want to have more places where people can experience nature and address any barriers to use, particularly for children and young people.

The built environment

These actions aim to ensure Camden’s built environment makes a positive contribution to biodiversity across the borough, through land management, the planning process and bespoke projects.

Open spaces and natural habitats

These actions aim to ensure that Camden’s open spaces are managed to benefit wildlife across the borough. This means looking after woodlands, the canal and heath to the best of our ability as well as making amenity spaces more wildlife friendly integrating wildlife into our decision making and site management.

The third iteration of the Camden Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) will run from 2013-2018. It was developed through stakeholder consultation and is delivered by a partnership of organisations involved with biodiversity across the borough. These include:

  • Allotment and community garden associations
  • Camden Council – 10 departments from Transport Strategy to Children, Schools and Families
  • City of London Corporation
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of Parks groups
  • Froglife
  • Greenspace information for Greater London (GiGL)
  • Groundwork
  • Heath Hands
  • London Bat Group
  • London Wildlife Trust
  • Mill Lane Action Group
  • People Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
  • Reddington Frognal Association
  • RSPB
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • The Royal Parks

Download the Camden Biodiversity Action Plan

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