As the London's Sustainability Weeks began on Sunday (June 4th) Green MEP for London Jean Lambert, visited the RSPB's Rainham Marshes and called for more of the Capitals green space to be protected.
The amount of green space in London has rapidly disappeared and the once open, green banks of the Thames are now built up with flats and warehouses. Rainham Marshes is the largest remaining exposure of wetland bordering the upper reaches of the Thames Estuary and with such a diverse selection of wildlife visiting Rainham each season its vital that this area is preserved.
Jean, who has successfully worked alongside local community groups to protect London's shrinking green habitat, was thrilled to see such heritage and biodiversity at the site and said; "Rainham Marshes is the flagship for green regeneration within the Thames Gateway and with new visitor areas being developed it looks set to become an exceptional site for all Londoners to visit and learn from. I congratulate the RSPB on their initiative."
Jean, who was born and raised in Grays, continued; "By regenerating areas, such as Rainham Marshes, we are taking direct action for threatened wildlife and birds as well as improving the environment we live in - an essential move in today's changing climate.
"The site will form an important part of the Green Grid for the Thames Gateway providing a valuable network of green space throughout the area."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
Rainham Marshes: The RSPB's 352ha reserve at Rainham, Wennington and Aveley Marshes, acquired in July 2000 from the Ministry of Defence, forms the largest part (77%) of the Inner Thames Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest. The SSSI was notified in 1986 as the largest remaining expanse of wetland bordering the upper reaches of the Thames Estuary. The reserve comprises a major relic of low lying grazing marsh with a variety of grassland communities dissected by a network of fresh to brackish ditches. It is of particular note for the variety of breeding birds, particularly breeding lapwing and redshank, and the numbers of wintering wildfowl, waders, finches and birds of prey.