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Meadows in West Ham Park

​One of West Ham Park's Wildflower Meadows

The importance of the Park as a habitat for wildlife is reflected in the management of a number of important areas, including wildflower meadows, a number of long grass areas, and two wildlife gardens, including a wildlife pond and dipping platform. All these areas are used as a valuable learning resource by local schools and community groups. We will continue to conserve and enhance these habitats and work towards increasing public awareness and appreciation of the wildlife within them. 

More information on the variety of plants and animals and habitats found in the Park can be found in section six of our Management Plan which is available from the Park office.​​

Great Spotted Woodpecker

​Green Woodpecker, West Ham Park

Monitoring

Birds

The Park supports a number of breeding birds including sparrow hawks, house sparrows, goldfinches, woodpeckers (green and greater spotted), various tits, robins and many more. Monthly bird surveys are carried out in the Park by the Friends of West Ham Park and staff, in order to record bird sightings and to monitor patterns or changes in local bird species.   An annual report is created by the Friends of West Ham Park based on this data.

Spider survey

A spider survey carried out in 2007/08 highlighted two nationally notable species of spider: Nigma walckenaeri (Notable A) and Syedra gracilis (Notable B). However, several other interesting species were trapped in small numbers; these were mostly species characteristic of undisturbed acid grassland, a habitat rare in the London area. These include Walckenaeria dysderoides, Argenna subnigra, Aloecosa cuneata and Haplodrassus signifier. 

Robin enjoying some potatoes

​​A robin enjoys the food growing area

Bat walks

A number of bat walks have been carried out since 2010 which have confirmed that bats are present in the Park. Species identified to date are both Soprano and Common pipistrelles. However, we believe there are other species in the Park. Keep an eye on the events page for details of our next bat walk.

Bees

In 2010 the Park sourced a local bee keeper to manage a bee hive in the central storage yard in the Park. The success of this colony meant that the hives could be increased to three in 2011. We will continue to support the presence of hives in the Park to help the campaign to stop the decline of bee populations both nationally and globally. 

Meadow at West Ham Park

​​Meadow in West Ham Park with footballers playing nearby

 Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)

The London Borough of Newham is responsible for creating the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for their area which they produced in 2011. West Ham Park was involved in the consultation process for this document as the Park is located in this borough. Outcomes of biodiversity projects within the Park will be reported to the London Borough of Newham should they help fulfil any of the key BAP objectives.  

 

Published:
16 December 2015
Last Modified:
29 September 2017

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