Wild West End – green infrastructure audit: the Wild West End is a unique partnership of nine of central London’s largest property holders, to create a network of connected green spaces and nature-based solutions that will support local biodiversity and deliver environmental, social and economic benefits for local communities, businesses and visitors.
The SRI’s ecologists carried out a green infrastructure audit of public and private parks and gardens, green roofs and green walls in the West End to evaluate their ecological and environmental value and provide knowledge transfer to key stakeholders to enhance the biodiversity value and ecosystems services delivery of their sites. Bird and pollinator surveys were also undertaken at a sample of sites, to monitor their relative performance for supporting these key groups. Deliverables included a technical report for the project partners, summarising the results of surveys in their property portfolios, along with detailed recommendations for enhancement measures. Knowledge transfer activities included a presentation to the partnership and a representative from the Greater London Authority on the audit findings, and a chance to discuss opportunities for best practice for the project.