Nature Reserves of London- a new way of exploring the capital
A guide to the sites:
NOTE: Yes, it's called 'Nature Reserves of London', but that's only because I decided to stick to the map's original name, instead of going for 'Wildlife Sites of London'. Only the sites which have 'nature reserve' in their name are nature reserves, e.g. LNR, NNR, Wildlife Trusts and Other Reserve. So in fact, the majority of the sites on the map are not actually nature reserves, but designated sites.
Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC, orange): these are sites designated by borough council, with benefits for people and wildlife.
Local Nature Reserve (LNR, turquoise): sites designated by the Government, with benefits to the local community.
National Nature Reserve (NNR, khaki green): a nature reserve of national importance, with a variety of habitats.
Other Reserve (red): a nature reserve managed by a local organisation.
LWT/HMWT/EWT/KWT (black): a nature reserve managed and owned by the London, Herts and Middx, Essex or Kent Wildlife Trust respectively.
SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest, purple): an area of particularly unusual geological structure or habitat, of interest to scientists.
Ramsar (blue): sites designated by the Ramsar Convention, as a wetland habitat of international importance.
Special Protection Area (SPA): a site designated by the EU, with the aim of protecting resident and migratory birds.
Special Area of Conservation (SAC): also designated by the EU, these are sites which aim to promote conservation throughout Europe.
Some of my favourite places in London:
Spitalfields, the City, Hackney and Bethnal Green
Merton, Sutton and Croydon
The northern half of Hillingdon