Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 23/12/2019 - 11:01

    For the past few years Penny Metal has been photographing and writing about the invertebrates in a small urban park in London. To date she has recorded over 500 species - but how does that compare with others who have undertaken similar projects? 

    NatureSpot currently has 250 arthropod records for Knighton Park and 200 records for Abbey Park. But we do have private gardens with many more records than that. Jennifer Owen famously recorded 2,673 species (including birds, mammals and plants) in her Leicester garden over a period of thirty years. What this reveals is the potential of small urban green spaces as wildlife reservoirs. 

    All the people
    So many people
    And they all go hand-in-hand
    Hand-in-hand through their parklife.


    Owen, J. (2010) Wildlife of a garden: a thirty-year study. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN: 9781907057120