Conservation in the city: the importance of residential gardens for wildlife

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As natural areas continue to disappear globally, there is a growing necessity to consider the role of novel ecosystems such as urban landscapes in biodiversity conservation. Using contemporary and historical lines of evidence, this thesis demonstrates that some mammals are widespread within residential landscapes, the diversity, presence, abundance and reproductive activity of mammals can be similar between gardens and remnant vegetation, individual animals can exclusively reside within residential areas, and the evolutionary processes of some mammals are unaffected by urban landscapes. These findings provide promise that gardens are valuable for wildlife conservation and should be incorporated into management initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Close, Paul, Supervisor
  • Speldewinde, Peter, Supervisor
  • Cook, Barbara, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Mar 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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