Digitising our biodiversity history
At Gatwick we value our biodiversity - currently over 1,768 different species of plants, animals and fungi have been recorded on airport land.
Local naturalists and enthusiasts, as well as Gatwick commissioned surveys, have contributed to categorising the huge variety of species across the estate. The earliest species recorded in these surveys is the Grey Alder Tree in 1964 and the earliest recorded insect was the Brown Hawker dragonfly in 1977.
In 2018, Gatwick collaborated with the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre to begin compiling 55 years’ worth of species data. This important centrally focused resource will help Gatwick recreate habitat and encourage the return of rare or declining species that were once an integral part of the local landscape.