Discover Kingston’s Biodiversity this World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day (5 June), since 1974 it has been celebrated every year across the globe, to help bring attention to pressing environmental issues - this year’s theme is Biodiversity.

In Kingston we are immensely proud of our natural heritage and aspire to become a leading borough in how we manage our local environment and biodiversity.

This World Environment Day we are encouraging residents to discover the wonderful natural world at their very own doorsteps, nature that is helping to clean our air, pollinate our food and regulate temperature.

Connecting with nature can help support both our physical and mental health, and become a true constant in this time of great uncertainty.

We have recorded 2,105 different species across the borough - each with a fascinating ecology, helping to make Kingston such a special place.

One of the rivers that flows through Kingston is called the Hogsmill, it rises through a chalky bed which makes it a 'chalk stream', this is an internationally rare habitat with only around 200 found across the whole world. 

If you are out for a walk, run or cycle, keep your eyes peeled for Peregrine Falcons (the fastest creatures on our planet), Kingfishers and Swifts that can all be found in Kingston’s skies.

Interested in our local pollinator species? Check out the new Bio Beds in Kingston town centre planted to support them, or take part in some citizen science and help to survey our pollinators with the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. It's a great activity for children and the survey can be done anywhere with wildflowers, including your very own garden. In just 15 minutes you can help to record some really important data.

If you want to find out more about your local environment, head over to Youtube to watch our Biodiversity Officer, Elliot Newton in two Earth LIVE lessons showcasing our amazing urban wildlife. You can also check out his nature book review on the Kingston Libraries Youtube channel, detailing recommended books that can be downloaded from our online library service.

Finally, don't forget to stay tuned to our social media platforms every Wednesday to discover a new, exciting local wildlife fact in #WildlifeWednesday.

Through embracing nature we can create a cleaner, greener Kingston - a beautiful place for people to live and work alongside thriving wildlife populations.

Together, we can act #ForNature!