Thursday, 21 March 2013

Urban Wasteland Areas Can Be Re-developed as Rich Ecological Sites



Researchers in Berlin have demonstrated that urban wasteland areas can be used as suitable habitats for a range of grassland species. Using simple and cost-effective measures to sow grassland seed mixtures, they found that such areas flourished despite poor soil conditions and high levels of impact from people. 

Restoration is a technique often used to counteract the loss of plant species caused by intensive agriculture and abandoned sites. Whilst this approach is frequently applied in rural areas, this new study investigates its potential to be used in urban wastelands. 

De-industrialization and population changes are causing wasteland areas to increase in many cities, especially in Europe, and so restoration could provide a useful way of conserving native species in an unlikely setting.

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