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Urban pond: A landscape of multiple meanings

Gledhill, DG, James, P and Davies, DH 2005, Urban pond: A landscape of multiple meanings , in: 5th International Postgraduate Research Conference in The Built and Human Environment, 14th-15th April 2005, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Ponds have a range of ecological, social and aesthetic values. However, little work has been done to appraise the values assigned to ponds located in an urban setting. During 2004, 10 ponds were studied in urban areas of Merseyside. Standard ecological techniques were applied to assess diversity of invertebrates, plants and amphibians. A landscape character assessment technique was used to describe the major features of the surrounding landscape and its amenity value and fixed-point photographs collected throughout the year to assess their aesthetic value. Results indicate the complexity of these issues for local communities. Species richness was lower than found in some studies of rural sites but still significant, while the visual features of ponds in the sample-varied considerably. These findings have important implications for urban design and regeneration programmes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 12:46
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:19
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9515

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