London Montage

Biodiversity in London

Date: 17 May 2012 18:00

Valerie Selby, Principal Parks Officer,  Biodiversity & Parks Development, Wandsworth Council  will talk about the wealth of wildlife in the capital, where it lives, why it lives there and what help from us is needed to allow it to flourish.  Focus will be given to familiar species and what we can do to make living alongside them easy and more enjoyable and the work happening across London to restore lost habitats and declining species.

Valerie has worked for Wandsworth Council for almost fifteen years.  She began this part of her career by running the Nature Study Centre on Wandsworth Common and her role has evolved to now include overall responsibility for not only all biodiversity policy across the borough, but also to running the team charged with community involvement in parks management and with delivering improvements in open spaces.

During this time she has also been fortunate enough to work alongside colleagues on the board of the London Biodiversity Partnership, chair both the capital’s environmental record centre GiGL and the London Boroughs’ Biodiversity Forum and participate in joint projects across London on invasive species, acid grassland, standing water, reedbeds and grey herons. Prior to this she worked for two years for London Wildlife Trust as the Lambeth Field Officer creating community wildlife gardens and delivering environmental education in schools across Brixton. She has a degree in Amenity Horticulture and over 25 years experience of conservation land management.

Timings
  • 1800 – 1845 – Refreshments and Networking
  • 18:45- 20:30 – Talk
Cost
  • Members:  £8
  • Guests/ Non Members:  £12   
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Location: Department for International Development (DFID)