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Improving biodiversity and soundscape in urban green spaces

Research Areas
  • Protection of animal life,
  • Animal ecology,
  • Applied ecology

Urban green spaces are key elements for well-being of city dwellers. The number, area and type of these areas are frequently used as an indicator of highest levels of urban quality and citizen's comfort. In some cases, they are also a haven for valuable species and an opportunity to promote people-"nature" interaction. Bird communities were examined in 9 different types of urban green areas located in Madrid (8) and Guadalajara city (1). Species richness, abundance and community composition was related to site and adjacent landscape features in order to understand which birds occupy these structures and how urban habitat affects them. The census revealed the presence of species of conservation concern (Oenanthe oenanthe, Galerida cristata) in recently created peri-urban green spaces. Preliminary results indicated that structural complexity and distance to undeveloped areas are the variables most influencing species richness. Regarding the density of high quality songbirds, 3 species were more clearly related to structural complexity: Turdus merula was additionally associated to high shrub/tree cover and irrigated lawns, Parus major to tree age and the presence of nest boxes, and Sylvia atricapilla to green space size. Some management guidelines can be derived to enhance the quality of soundscape through the promotion of songbirds, to protect the biodiversity and to promote observation of urban nature and citizen participation in wildlife conservation. A new tool to make biodiversity/soundscape management easier and visible to public is presented.
Urban Forestry in Transition - Addressing the needs of changing societies
Tartu (Estonia)
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Urban Forestry in Transition - Addressing the needs of changing societies

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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Paisaje Cultural. Intervenciones contemporáneas en la ciudad y el territorio