Updates and results

In the summers of 2004 to 2006, ground surveys of around 50 gardens in each Leicester, Belfast, Cardiff, Oxford and Edinburgh were completed. This involved compiling inventories of the floras, mapping the land use (e.g. cultivated borders, lawns) and features (e.g. ponds, sheds, compost heaps) in each of the gardens, and obtaining information from garden owners as to garden management. In addition detailed GIS-based analyses were used to assess the relationship between the land cover composition in the gardens sampled in each city, housing type and the surrounding landscape. GIS-based analyses were also used to explore the patterns and extent of the garden resource across all the cities. The results from this work have been written up as a series of scientific papers, listed below.

Publications

Kevin J. Gaston, Peter Cush, Scott Ferguson, Peter Frost, Sian Gaston, David Knight, Alison Loram, Richard M. Smith, Ken Thompson and Philip H Warren (2007) Improving the contribution of urban gardens for wildlife: some guiding propositions. British Wildlife, 18: 171-177

Loram, A., Tratalos, J., Warren, P. H. & Gaston, K. J. (2007). Urban domestic gardens (X): the extent & structure of the resource in five major cities. Landscape Ecology 22: 601-615

Gaston, K.J., Fuller, R.A., Loram, A., MacDonald, C., Power, S and Dempsey, N (2007). Urban domestic gardens (XI): variation in urban wildlife gardening in the UK. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 3227-3238

Loram, A., Thompson, K., Warren, P.H. & Gaston, K.J. (2008) Urban domestic gardens (XII): The richness and composition of the flora in five cities. Journal of Vegetation Science 19, 321-330.

Loram, A., Warren, P.H. & Gaston, K.J. (2008) Urban domestic gardens (XIV): the characteristics of gardens in five cities. Environmental Management 42, 361-376

Davies, Z.G., Fuller, R.A., Loram, A., Irvine, K.N., Sims, V. & Gaston, K.J. (2009) A national scale inventory of resource provision for biodiversity within domestic gardens. Biological Conservation, 142: 761-771