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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