Wildlife and well-being in urban landscapes
Nearly half of the world’s population lives in urban environments and this is projected to increase in future. With high human densities and demands on space, urban landscapes can be polluted and crowded, yet they also represent a rapidly expanding habitat for wildlife.
Globally, urbanization may have advantages through the concentration of human footprint and, potentially, efficiencies in resource management and urban sustainability. As the number of urban residents increases, so do the potential health benefits of urban green spaces. The qualities of urban green spaces and the diversity of species they support can impact peoples’ appreciation of such areas, and exposure to urban wildlife will be increasingly important to public understanding of the broader natural world.
This meeting will focus on urban wildlife, including pollinators, a local hedgehog population and urban citizen-science projects, as well as discussing potential linkages between human well-being, physical health and urban ecology.
Sponsor: Zoological Society of London
ZSL London Zoo
Tel: 0344 225 1826