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News, updates and results

Current progress (March 2007)

All the scientific papers that form the core outputs from the project are published (see below). Most of the papers deal in some detail with specific investigations within the project. For an overview of the findings as a whole the article in British Wildlife is the best place to start. The BUGS 2 project has continued the work on urban gardens and publications from that project will continue the BUGS series - details on the BUGS 2 web pages.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed gardens, expertise, or help of any other sort; we hope you will feel that the published outputs provide some tangible evidence and acknowledgment of your contribution.

Work on urban gardens and urban greenspace more generally is continuing at Sheffield, with a new project looking at some of the aspects of garden biodiversity highlighted in the BUGS project, in a selection of cities elsewhere in the UK. This work is funded by English Nature, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment and Heritage Service (NI), and DEFRA. We are also working as part of a consortium project, funded by EPSRC, on Sustainable Urban Form, our part of which involves looking at the effects of different types of urban form on the ecosystem and biodiversity services provided by the non-built environment.

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Scientific publications

Gaston K J, Smith R M, Thompson K & Warren P H (2004) Gardens and wildlife: the BUGS project. British Wildlife 16: 1-9

Thompson, K, Austin, KC, Smith, RM, Warren, PH, Angold, PG and Gaston, KJ (2003) Urban domestic gardens (I): putting small-scale plant diversity in context. Journal of Vegetation Science,14: 71-78. [PDF reprint]

Gaston K J, Smith R M, Thompson, K & Warren, P H (2005) Urban domestic gardens II: experimental tests of methods for increasing biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 395-413 [PDF reprint]

Thompson, K, Hodgson, JG, Smith, RM, Warren, PH & Gaston, KJ (2004) Urban domestic gardens (III): Composition and diversity of lawn floras. Journal of Vegetation Science 15: 373-378 [PDF reprint]

Gaston K J, Warren P H, Thompson K and Smith, R M (2005) Urban domestic gardens (IV): the extent of the resource and its associated features. Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 3327-3349 [PDF reprint]

Smith R M, Gaston K J, Warren P H, Thompson K (2005) Urban domestic gardens (V): Relationships between landcover composition, housing and landscape. Landscape Ecology 20: 335-253 [PDF reprint]

Smith R M, Warren P H, Thompson K & Gaston K J (2006) Urban domestic gardens (VI): environmental correlates of invertebrate species richness. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 2415-2438 [PDF reprint]

Thompson K, Colsell S, Carpenter J, Smith R M, Warren P H, & Gaston K J. (2005) Urban domestic gardens (VII): a preliminary survey of the soil seed banks of private gardens. Seed Science Research 15: 133-141 [PDF reprint]

Smith R.M., Gaston K.J., Warren P.H. & Thompson K. (2006). Urban domestic gardens (VIII): environmental correlates of invertebrate abundance. Biodiversity and Conservation 15:2515-2545 [PDF reprint]

Smith R.M., Gaston K.J., Warren P.H. & Thompson K. (2006). Urban domestic gardens (IX): Composition and richness of the vascular plant flora, and implications for native biodiversity. Biological Conservation 129:312-322

Other publications

Secrets of the Garden - an article on the project published in Planet Earth (Summer 2002, pp.22-23), the newsletter of the Natural Environment Research Council. [PDF format]

Other outputs

(Further related publications can be found on the BUGS 2 web pages)


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March 2007