I’m Kabir, a young naturalist based in and obsessed with London.

When I first started watching wildlife in the capital nearly three years ago, I wondered which nature reserves I should visit, and thought there might be a map of them. It turns out there was, but only of those run by certain organisations. As my knowledge of the capital grew, I had the idea of creating the first complete map of nature reserves, a map which would help Londoners explore the capital’s often overlooked wild side, and help them explore designated and community-run sites near them.

After about a year of using data from DEFRA, I eventually compiled a map of these sites, using an application called Google My Maps, and called it ‘Nature Reserves of London - 1st Edition’. This was up on my blog for about six months, but I thought the map was missing something.

I soon discovered there was another very common type of site called a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), and these were designated by borough councils (these are the orange points on the map) and GiGL, the organisation which keeps record of these sites, informed me about some other designations such as Ramsar, Special Area of Conservation and National Nature Reserve.

For the next eighteen months or so, I spent whatever time I could plotting over 1000 of these points, and recently, I’ve finally finished Nature Reserves of London - 2nd Edition.

I hope the map will encourage Londoners and tourists alike to discover and enjoy a wild space local to them, and embrace the enormous area of woodlands, wetlands and parkland London had to offer. The capital’s going to be a National Park City in July, so get exploring!

View Kaul's map at and get out and explore!

kabir map

Read Kabir's blog at http://thekauliswild.blogspot.com/ and follow him on Twitter at the fantasically named @Kaulofthewilduk.

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