MORE flooding and droughts will damage the capital's natural habitats in the next few years, according to a report released today.

The London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP) says hotter temperatures could expose wetland areas, such as Leyton and Walthamstow marshes, to drought and fire in the summer.

Wetter winters could lead to more flooding of the Rivers Lea and Ching which could destroy important nesting sites.

The LCCP report comes months after the Environment Agency revealed that nearly 7,000 buildings in Waltham Forest are at risk of flooding if rivers burst their banks.

The flood zones are predominantly in the south west of the borough, near to the River Lee, while areas around the River Ching are also at risk.

In January 50 people had to be rescued by boat after part of the River Lea burst its banks near Lower Hall Lane, in Chingford.