Major regeneration work has begun at a riverside park in Hounslow in a bid to boost wildlife and attract more visitors.
Volunteers have been cleaning up Silverhall Park, in Isleworth , and planting wild flowers to entice more insects.
Improvements to the Duke of Northumberland's River, which runs through the park, and its banks are due to begin in late summer or autumn this year, and a bat survey is also planned.
There were concerns raised earlier this year that the work would harm creatures already living at the site by destroying their habitat, but Carillion, which manages the park, says efforts have been taken to ensure no wildlife is disturbed.
Carillion, which has been working with Hounslow Council , the charity Green Corridor and other groups, said ecological surveys had been undertaken to prevent disruption for existing wildlife, and no works which could disturb birds were being carried out during nesting season.
Chris Slack, senior ecologist for the borough, said: "These large scale improvements to the Duke of Northumberland's River are already boosting the ecological value of the area, as well as bringing the community into the space and enhancing their knowledge of local environmental issues.
"The Duke of Northumberland's River links many small pockets of habitats, upgrading their wildlife value to regional importance."
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The changes are linked to a £400,000 project which began last year to spruce up the Duke's River and create a 10km circular riverside walk , linking it with the River Crane and the Thames.