Beavers, bees and bats are among the species set to benefit from new rewilding schemes in London.
The projects will share hundreds of thousands of pounds to help bring back nature in the UK's capital city.
Beavers are set to be reintroduced in west London as part of efforts to restore London's lost ecosystems.
A breeding pair of the rodents could be living in Paradise Fields, Ealing, as soon as this autumn as part of a project between the local council and wildlife groups. It follows a landmark reintroduction scheme in Enfield last year, which brought beavers back to London for the first time in 400 years.
The project will share in £850,000 of funding from the Rewild London Fund, which is funding a number of organisations to help boost biodiversity, restore habitat and reintroduce species.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, says, 'We are now facing dual climate and ecological emergencies worldwide, which further threaten our ability to survive on our planet. Despite the harm inflicted on the natural world, we have the power to make amends, and I am committed to ensuring that London is at the vanguard of efforts to reverse the trends of declining biodiversity and the destruction of nature. Rewilding allows nature to take the lead and is an exciting way to create healthier ecosystems and allow humans and wildlife to live together more harmoniously.'
A further one million pounds has also been announced to encourage the development of more rewilding initiatives.
Posted On: 22/03/2023