Monitoring Reports

For the last four years, Dr Ros Taylor, WPCC's Defra-appointed Conservator, instigated the production of an annual report covering both the systematic recording of the wildlife on the Commons and the annual Weekend of Nature event.  Dr Taylor stepped down in 2021 and the role of producing the report has now been taken on by the current Defra Appointee, Oliver Bennett MBE.

In producing this report, Oliver is assisted by WPCC’s Wildlife and Conservation Forum.  This Forum was set up to include not only staff and Conservators, but also representatives from the volunteer recorders.  The Forum explores key issues as a group, and oversees arrangements for seasonal wildlife recording and reviews wider landscape and ecological concerns affecting Wimbledon and Putney Commons.

The recording carried out by volunteers, and fed back into this Forum, provides the data for the preparation of a comprehensive report which, in turn, will feed into the development of the Commons’ Land Management Plan and, over time, give WPCC a much fuller picture of the flora and fauna on the Commons.