With abundant private or social housing, as well as busy streets and pavements, you might imagine there‘s no place for wildlife in Lambeth, but you’d be wrong.

Lambeth is rich in wildlife and provides a home for an astonishing diversity of wild plants and animals. Our borough is full of all the places (habitats) that wildlife needs for shelter, feeding and breeding. This includes, gardens, parks, ponds, trees, woodlands, community gardens, school grounds, allotments and railway linesides, not to mention the River Thames.

Nevertheless, Lambeth’s wildlife still needs protecting from inappropriate development or poor management practices and appreciates a helping hand from all of us in order to create new, or improve existing wildlife habitats, especially close to where we live, work and play.

The Lambeth Biodiversity Action Plan (Lambeth BAP) is a document designed to help everybody living and working in our borough to appreciate what we have in terms of wildlife. It also provides information and guidance to enable us to take action to protect what wildlife we currently have and to make it even better for future generations.

The Lambeth BAP is a key policy underpinning how we work with our residents and stakeholders to make the borough a safer, cleaner, greener and more sustainable place to live and work in. It enables important documents, such as the Lambeth Local Plan and 'Future Lambeth – our borough plan’ to deliver improvements in the quality of our lives and make our borough more resilient and sustainable.

For more information on the Lambeth BAP, Lambeth’s amazing wildlife, and to find out how you can get involved in helping protect and improve our borough’s biodiversity, please contact Lambeth Landscapes on 020 7926 6209 or at parks@lambeth.gov.uk.

You can also find out more about Lambeth’s wildlife and where you can experience it through the ‘Discover London’ map, which is hosted by Greenspace Information for Greater London, which is London’s environmental records centre.