Biodiversity

FoCG supports the City Gardens team in projects to enhance biodiversity in the square mile. This includes membership of the Biodiversity partnership to advise on the new  Biodiversity Action Plan 2021-2026. Draft can be viewed here and taking responsibility for implementing biodiversity enhancements in Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation.

FoCG created a new wildflower meadow for pollinators in the Barber Surgeon’s garden in 2021. Volunteers have also created and maintain a native hedge in Bunhill Fields, plant bulbs, build insect hotels and log piles and install leaf composting bins to encourage invertebrates. We maintain bird feeding stations in nine gardens and over 80 nest boxes. We have also installed bat boxes in five gardens and monitor bats using mobile and static detectors.

Download: Bumblebee Conservation Trust Advice for Gardeners

In Bunhill Fields, after successfully trialling wildlife friendly management in one enclosure (cutting once a year, no blowing of leaves), this regime has been adopted for the whole site from 2021. Volunteers are working on regular plant surveys to monitor the effect of these changes.

We also carry out and publish Biodiversity Surveys reports