21 Nov 2019 Walthamstow Wetlands Is Shortlisted For Landscape Institute Award
Walthamstow Wetlands is among the contenders in the ‘Adding Value through Landscape’ category at the Landscape Institute Awards, 2019. Peter Shepherd will be attending the event in London on 28 November at the invitation of the project lead Kinnear Landscape Architects (KLA) Ltd. BSG Ecology were instrumental in guiding the vision for this large-scale (new) urban nature reserve through the Habitats Regulations Assessment process. This involved working closely with KLA to design a site that improved people’s connection with nature but also appropriately mitigated impacts on Lee Valley Special Protection Area birds. Structured monitoring designed and implemented by BSG Ecology has not identified any evidence of disturbance or regular displacement of birds, and has shown that refuge areas for SPA species were functioning effectively. The scheme now provides a key educational resource in a deprived part of London, and is stimulating the regeneration of the local economy through the visitors it is drawing in and the educational resource it provides.
Rose Jaijee, the Walthamstow Wetlands Coordinator at Waltham Forest Council stated:
“BSG Ecology provided technical ecological support to the Walthamstow Wetlands project for over seven years. Over this time the project developed from a concept to become Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve.
The Wetlands form part of the Lee Valley SPA, and a key challenge in achieving planning consent was to ensure that the scheme design was adapted and additional controls identified to effectively mitigate impacts on the European Site. BSG were appointed at the concept stage and subsequently as an important member of an excellent multidisciplinary project team. BSG provided the technical vision to help guide the project team through the process of developing a scheme that effectively balanced the objectives of access to nature and protection of wildlife (through survey design, effective stakeholder and project team liaison, advice on mitigation and enhancement measures and through monitoring work).”
Image courtesy of Walthamstow Wetlands