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Barras & Biodiversity


Wildlife in Cities

To me, the way that wildlife survives and prospers in harmony with its human hosts in the city environment is far more fascinating than the wildest nature reserve. (I once had the aspiration to set up Britain's first Urban Ecology University department to parallel, if not surpass, that of Berlin)

A philosophy of bringing the country into the town, based heavily on the biogeographic theories of islands and migration corridors, has developed rapidly. This philosophy, too, has been dependent on the dramatic physical and chemical change and improvements that have accompanied the industrialand structural reformation of urban areas.

Biodiversity Plans are now being implemented to redress some of these imbalances and promote additional ecological and environmental objectives.

My contribution from this page is

I hope you enjoy them. You are welcome to copy or print them, and I would welcome any comments


I have also included some notes on aspects of biodiversity that are also relevant to the rural environment. These include:


'I am one of the blind alleys off the main road of procrastination'

These pages have been assembled to represent some of the interests and knowledge I have accumulated over the years.

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Ed (aka. Basil)

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