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Ecological and Social Factors Determining the Diversity of Birds in Residential Yards and Gardens

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Goddard


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Residential landscapes with private yards and gardens are a major land cover in many cities, represent a considerable opportunity for bird conservation and enhance human experiences with wildlife. The number of studies of birds in residential landscapes is increasing worldwide, but a global-scale perspective on this research is lacking. Here we review the research conducted on birds in residential settings to explore how birds respond to this novel habitat and how private gardens can be designed and managed to enhance their value for bird populations and for human well-being. We examine the key ecological and social drivers that influence birds and draw particular attention to the importance of scale, the role of bird feeding, the predation risk from cats and the relationship between native vegetation and bird diversity. The success of bird conservation initiatives in residential landscapes hinges on collaboration between a range of stakeholders, and we conclude the chapter by making recommendations for urban planners and evaluating policy tools for incentivising householders and communities to conserve birds in their neighbourhoods.

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Author(s): Goddard MA, Ikin K, Lerman SB

Editor(s): Murgui,E;Hedblom,M;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Urban Environments

Year: 2017

Pages: 371-397

Print publication date: 11/02/2017

Acceptance date: 12/12/2016

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43314-1_18

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ISBN: 9783319433127