Urban nature conservation is a field that has grown rapidly in importance over the past 20 years and will continue to do so in the coming years as landscape ecology and greenspace planning become established disciplines. A widespread concern and interest in the wild plants and animal life found in urban areas now influences the policies and practices of land management organizations. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the subject. It will assist professionals in formulating strategic management policies that integrate urban nature conservation into the wider context of landscape management and urban planning.
'It would be hard to find such a useful review of relevant information elsewhere and as such it should act as a standard text for students as well as providing an invaluable reference book for landscape professionals.' - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
'…a book which puts forward many…opinions.' - The Architects' Journal
'This book is an excellent source of discussion on urban nature conservation' - Howard Price, Landscape Design
'Anyone concerned with planning, implementing or promoting nature conservation in urban areas should have a copy of this book' - Local Government Studies, Autumn 1999
Introduction. The urban estate and the 'urban countryside'. The urban environment and urban species. The history and development of ecological landscape styles. The objectives of urban nature conservation. Landscape ecology and landscape planning in the urban countryside. Ecological restoration and habitat creation. Restoration and creation of the main biome types. Strategic management issues in the urban countryside. Conclusion. Index.