Urban Ecology is the study of the relationships between people and wildlife within the urban environment. These studies can help us to live in an increasingly urbanised world with almost 80% of people in the UK now living in urban areas.
Studies show that contact with nature has psychological and physical benefits and with a predicted 60% global urban population by 2030, it is vitally important that towns and cities are healthy places to live.
Greening cities helps to remove pollutants such as particulates from fumes. With climate change on the way, green roofs and green walls provide insulation so we don’t have to use so much energy.
Trees help cities keep cool and greenspaces help stop flash-floods by reducing the speed and amount of water reaching the drains.
We can all help to create safe sustainable and diverse cities by learning from nature.