According to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG): "The Thames Gateway is Europe’s largest regeneration project and stretches for 40 miles along the Thames Estuary from the London Docklands to Southend in Essex and Sheerness in Kent. The Government intends to create 120,000 new homes and 180,000 new jobs in the Gateway by 2016 along with improved education, health and transport facilities. Currently 89 per cent of development in the Thames Gateway is on brownfield land."
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Why the Thames Gateway is so important for wildlife
- The grazing marshes and estuary habitats, are internationally important for birds, providing a refuelling point for migrating birds from Europe and Africa, and a haven for wintering wildfowl and breeding wading birds like lapwing and curlew.
- Brownfield– previously developed land – often hosts an amazing array of wildlife, which in turn encourages foraging and nesting birds, including the red listed linnet and skylark and amber listed goldfinch and kestrel. Buglife’s Thames Gateway survey has shown a quarter of the brownfield sites in the Thames Gateway are also of high importance for rare invertebrates like the weevil wasp and shrill carder bee.
- The water courses support plants, invertebrates and the endangered water vole, the UK’s fastest declining mammal.
The Thames Gateway is a priority area for the Mayor and Government for new housing and employment opportunities. It covers the former industrial parts of the boroughs of Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Bexley.
- Mayor’s Prospectus for the London Thames Gateway, launched November 2007 
- London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
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