Losses to garden habitats and their birds - Urban Ecology lecture

24 February 2012 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck College, University of London, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7HX, UK.

Event description

In the UK, large cities have an urban core, but mainly are comprised of suburbia. It's these private gardens that support most "urban" wildlife. Chloë will describe the results of a detailed study of the composition of London's gardens and of recent changes there. Losses from built development pale into insignificance in comparison with the cumulative impact of what individual landowners are doing, without needing planning permission. Dave Dawson will describe birdlife in suburbia. Most species are reluctant urban dwellers, preferring those greener places where large gardens permit the development of rich vegetation. Although only a few species prefer the greyer areas of dense housing, they are abundant there, so these grey areas have many feral pigeons and carrion crows, and once also supported swifts, starlings and house sparrows in abundance.

Speaker: Chloë Smith, Greenspace Information for Greater London & Dave Dawson, retired applied ecologist

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Event organiser: Birkbeck Institute of Environment

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