‘Standing open water represents one of the most diverse of all ecological habitats in London. Reservoirs, lakes, ponds and ditches can be seen as habitat stepping stones and corridors for urban biodiversity. In the urban environment and canals provide the linkages for aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity between suitable habitat patches. These habitats will be increasingly important to build species resilience against climate change. To this end, this plan suggests developing a landscape scale approach to conservation of standing water in London’, London Mayor’s Biodiversity Action Plan, 2008.


Please click on the link below to access the complete Habitat Action Plan for Open Standing Water, created by members of the Kingston Biodiversity Network. 


Open Standing Water Habitat Action Plan


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Seething Wells Filter Beds N. Jackman, 2010