Urbanisation, busy roads, pollution, poor land management, and climate change are some of the biggest factors driving the continuing loss of entire species and local wildlife populations in the UK. In fact, we are living in one of the most nature-deprived countries on earth.
SNAV believes that it doesn’t have to be this way. Even urban places like Southwark can be green and healthy for diverse species, and local people can take effective local action to make a difference. We aim to support nature and biodiversity in Southwark neighbourhoods and green spaces through our three-part mission: to Act, Advocate, and Record.
ACT: We encourage and enable people and community groups to plan, organise and deliver projects across Southwark’s green spaces, including community gardening, depaving, and habitat restoration. ADVOCATE: Our volunteers are speaking out for healthy local biodiversity, on social media, to the council, private land managers, owners, and developers, and policy makers. RECORD: SNAVers are helping to observe, record, and celebrate the urban plant and animal populations that share our world.
Our goal is to welcome you, whatever your background, to learn about and engage with nature, and to help make our environment greener and healthier for everyone.
In March 2020, Friends of Burgess Park launched the Southwark Nature Action Volunteer group to engage people in taking action to support Southwark’s nature action plan. Bringing together people from various Friends groups from across the borough, we are recruiting volunteers to plan, organise and deliver projects across all of Southwark’s green spaces.
Our launch night presentation from March 2020 is available Southwark Nature Volunteers Launch – Presentation.