Urban Habitats

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Nature - 188 pages
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An illustrated guide to the wide range of urban habitats and the flora and fauna which live within them, this text examines important conservation and managagement issues presently being faced in the late 1990s within our towns and cities. Following an explanation of the nature of urban habitats, the range of habitat types, and typical plant and animal species, are described. Topics of concern to the conservationalist or habitat manager are explored: the impacts and monitoring of pollution; the effects of invasive species; and guidelines for the ecological management of sites to enhance their nature conservation value. A series of case studies illustrates the pressures on some major urban habitat types, and the opportunities to enhance them for nature conservation.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Geographical influences
10
Aquatic urban habitats
63
MANAGEMENTAND
76
Noxious species
88
Habitat management
99
CASE STUDIES
111
Habitat initiatives in Merseyside
117
A stormwater retention basin in
125
Health and safety 131 Vigilance behaviour in mallards
132
Flora of urban wasteland 133 Glossary
147
sycamore trees 136 Further Reading
163
Subject index
177
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