There’s more to biodiversity in Canary Wharf than meets the eye
Canary Wharf is inherently a brownfield site where ‘natural’ ecosystems did not exist since the draining of Stepney Marshes in the 13th century. Over the last 30 years Canary Wharf Estate has become an integral part of the Thames Estuary and Canary Wharf Group works to promote an integrated green infrastructure that maximises the estuarine ecosystem services we are part of.
In 2004 we became one of the first developers to create a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and to install ecological features such as bird boxes, bat boxes, bee hives and insect hotels to maximise biodiversity. Today the estate has:
- 4 urban parks with a total of 24,000m2 of park and amenity spaces;
- 13 buildings with living roofs, comprising of a total of 8000 m2 of green roof space has been incorporated with another 4,000m2 proposed in the future development;
- Over 650 trees with a mix of 30 species;
- 348,000 m2 of open water habitat;
- Jersey Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteoalbum), a protected plant species listed on schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (as amended); and
- 5 bat species, diverse assemblage of fish and a number of priority bird species including red stark and kingfisher.
In 2018 we have updated our BAP with a roadmap for the next 10 years for the estate with some very innovative and challenging targets. Click here to download a summary of Biodiversity Action Plan or click here to download our full Biodiversity Action Plan
As a part of increasing awareness about our biodiversity we have an online interactive map which indicates all the species on the estate, click here to download our biodiversity map with a link to our online interactive map
Why not discover the diversity of flora and fauna on our estate yourself and enter our Wildlife Photography Competition
The first resident bee population arrived at Canary Wharf in 2014 – on the rooftop of KPMG’s offices. In 2018, we joined their pollinator community when we installed our first beehives and we plan to install more hives across our developments to create homes for native bees.
Our two hives are now home to a growing colony of honey bees and we’ve installed cameras so we can see our little friends as they go about their vital work!
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