Still time to have your say on boosting wildlife in H&F

Residents have an extra few weeks to make sure they have their say on what can be done to make Hammersmith & Fulham a haven for wildlife.

H&F’s Biodiversity Commission will work alongside the council to find ways to improve the borough for animals and plants.

The commission, comprising a concerned group of Hammersmith & Fulham residents, launched a survey seeking residents’ views on what can be done by the council and individuals to improve the local environment for wildlife.

The consultation closes on Monday 19 June, so be sure to click the link and have your say before then.

“We’re grateful for everyone who has completed the consultation so far, but need as many residents as possible to give us their input,” said Morag Carmichael, Chair of the Biodiversity Commission.

“Time is running out for many species globally, so it’s imperative we act locally to preserve species, particularly those such as bees, on which much of our food supply depends.”

Have your say

The commission is inviting residents to have their say on ways to improve Hammersmith & Fulham for wild animals such as hedgehogs and bats, birds, butterflies, bees and plants, to help make the borough as green as possible.

This consultation is now closed.

What is biodiversity?

Human existence depends on the complex interactions of plants and animals.

Biodiversity is the range of plants and animals an ecosystem is capable of sustaining. Hard cement landscapes such as those found in cities reduce the capacity for a variety of wildlife, so every patch of grass, garden or flower box plays a vital role in bringing life to our landscape.

Urban environments have a significant role to play in helping to stem any decline in biodiversity - at the same time making them greener and healthier.

Human existence depends on the complex interactions of plants and animals so it is in our interests to encourage and protect them.

The survey is also an opportunity for you to tell the commission any changes in biodiversity and wildlife in the borough you may have noticed.

The results of the survey will help inform the findings and recommendations for action by the council, central government, business and industry, organisations and residents.  

What is the Biodiversity Commission?

The Hammersmith & Fulham Biodiversity Commission, launched in January of this year, following a report on the borough’s current biodiversity levels, which was presented to council’s Community Safety, Environment and Residents’ Services Policy and Accountability Committee.

The commission is made up of nine H&F residents with a passion for nature and a determination to create an environment where people, plants and animals can all thrive.

The commission’s work also includes looking at ways of engaging with local schools and communities on projects to do with habitats for wildlife, and considering how planning policy can be improved to ensure future developments leave plenty of space for nature.

Residents who complete the survey also have an option to take part in a prize draw to win a family entry ticket to Kew Gardens.

Find out more

Members of the Biodiversity Commission and the H&F branch of Friends of the Earth will be at the H&F Eco Fair and electric car club launch in Lyric Square, Hammersmith on Monday 12 June from 11am.

Come along and find out more about local environmental projects.