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Rethinking urban blue spaces from a landscape perspective: species, scale and the human element

Gledhill, DG and James, P 2008, 'Rethinking urban blue spaces from a landscape perspective: species, scale and the human element' , Salzburger Geographische Arbeiten, 42 , pp. 151-164.

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Abstract

The term “green space” is commonly applied to all open natural and semi-natural areas in built areas. This term can be misleading as a proportion of urban “green” spaces are, in fact, “blue”; that is to say that they contain surface water. As well as providing habitat for many species urban green / blue infrastructure can bring people who are often divorced from the countryside into daily contact with nature on their doorsteps. Ecological data was collected from 37 pond sites in the Borough of Halton (Northwest England) from 2005 to 2006. The median species richness per pond was 28 invertebrate species and 10 macrophyte species. A highly significant correlation was observed between pond density and species richness. The relationship between richness of different taxa varied according to scale, becoming more significant within clusters of ponds than within a single site. These findings have significance for those involved in planning and managing urban environments further strengthening the need for ecological networks in urban areas and indicating the need for a paradigm shift in current management practices beyond single site strategies and single objectives, to the creation of multifunctional landscapes incorporating consideration of nature conservation, sustainable development and human well being.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history > QH001 General, inc. conservation, geographical distribution
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Salzburger Geographische Arbeiten
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 11:00
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:19
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9514

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