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By C. Philip Wheater ; illustrations by Jo Wright.

The writer provides an illustrated and sensible advisor to the big variety of city habitats and the wildlife that dwell inside them. the real conservation and administration concerns almost immediately being confronted inside our cities and towns are examined.Topics of outrage to the conservationalist or habitat supervisor are explored, including:* the influence and tracking of pollutants* the consequences of invasive species* instructions for the ecological administration of websites to reinforce their nature conservation value.Urban Habitats is richly illustrated, beneficial properties up to date references and knowledge, and proposes a chain of tasks.

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Urban badgers may be under greater pressure from diggers, especially in the north of England. In Manchester the proportion of disused setts, some which were abandoned following wilful persecution, is higher in urban areas than urban fringe or rural sites. Many birds, including rooks, jays, woodpigeons and tawny owls, breed in mature trees. The seeds and fruits of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants attract thrushes and finches, while larger trees house woodpeckers. Trees, whether dead or alive, are very important for a wide range of invertebrates.

The timing of the creation of urban parks during, rather than at the beginning of, urban expansion means that many inner-city areas are devoid of these facilities. During the first thirty years of the twentieth century, local authorities attempted to redress this imbalance. The subsequent expansion of parks has continued to a greater or lesser extent throughout the rest of the twentieth century. For example, twenty-nine parks were acquired in Edinburgh from 1945 to 1969, and twenty-seven in Leicester from 1950 to 1975 (Walker and Duffield, 1983).

Numbers in bars indicate the actual number of species found. Source: Owen (1991) sparrows, blue tits, starlings, robins and song thrushes) were also amongst the top ten in suburban and rural gardens. Many of these species take supplementary food (all six species being amongst the top twelve feeders in gardens during winter). One species which has increased in frequency in some areas is the magpie, which in 1994/5 was found in all gardens surveyed in Greater Manchester (Smith, 1996). 6: Foxes in rural but not necessarily in urban situations (see text), and the mating season is during January.

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