Valuing Melbourne’s urban green spaces as habitat for birds and other wildlife
Commonly, areas of human habitation, particularly those in densely populated areas such as cities, are seen as devoid of habitat, and therefore undeserving of protection. However, one does not have to look far to notice that native fauna species live and thrive in areas of human settlement. In cities such as Melbourne, the tree canopies are often alive with the sounds of native birds, feeding on the different nectar and fruit producing trees we plant in our gardens. And it’s not just birds – many other important native plants and animals also inhabit these environments. In fact, Melbourne is often described as the envy of other cities, with its network of parks, gardens and surrounding green spaces.
It is therefore concerning to learn that many of our green assets are currently under threat. The development of infrastructure and housing projects in order to accommodate our growing population places pressure on birds and urban biodiversity in general. Whilst much of this development may be important, its impact on biodiversity can be reduced with improved planning and decision-making. Better outcomes for urban biodiversity can be achieved through the exchange of ideas and meaningful dialogue with all who are interested.
Now is a crucial time for us to speak up for our urban green spaces, and the host of species that occupy them, to ensure they are not lost.
The purpose of this blog
Is to provide a space for residents of Melbourne or other areas to discuss issues related to urban green spaces, including habitat loss, the potential impact of development proposals, and ideas for the conservation of birds and other wildlife. It provides a platform for meaningful dialogue between members of the public and BirdLife, scientists and other professionals to exchange information about what actions can be taken to bring the protection of urban green spaces and habitat to the forefront of public policy and decision-making.
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