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Insect Conservation and Urban Environments

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  • Synthesizes highly scattered information on global scale; numerous recent references

  • Gives much practical advice on insect conservation in towns and cities

  • Integrates complex themes in non-specialist terms: accessible to general readers

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Insects in Urban Environments

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 21-31
  3. Insects Along Urban-Rural Gradients

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 33-64
  4. Alien Species in Urban Environments

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 87-101
  5. Selected Urban Threats to Insects

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 121-131
  6. Providing Habitats for Urban Insects

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 163-202
  7. Landscape Connectivity for Urban Insects

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 203-212
  8. Awareness and Priorities for the Future

    • Tim R. New
    Pages 213-238
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 239-244

About this book

This overview of the impacts of urbanisation on insect life and of the principles and practice of insect conservation in urban environments brings together examples and urban contexts from many parts of the world, to demonstrate the wide variety of urban threats and possible remedial measures to conserve insects in spaces such as urban parks and home gardens.  Discussion of changes in well studied focal insect groups such as ants and ground beetles along urban-rural gradients, of pest management in urban environments and of the great variety of resources available amongst open ‘green spaces’ and waterbodies facilitate understanding of conservation needs. They show the possibilities for management to protect or restore individual species, entire assemblages and communities, and ecological functions, with that management extending from individual sites to landscape levels to promote connectivity and reduce site isolation by urban developments. ‘Novel habitats’, such as green roofs, are important contributors to this perspective. Participation by all levels of urban humanity, from government agencies to community groups and individuals (as citizen scientists) is needed, and the importance of promoting interests in insects and conservation amongst young people is emphasized.

Keywords

  • insect conservation
  • insect ecology
  • land management
  • urban ecology
  • urban-rural gradients
  • landscape/regional and urban planning
  • Entomology

Reviews

“This very readable book consists of 11 chapters, beginning with consideration of the characteristics of urban areas and how their changing nature modifies ecosystems at a broad level. … thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in conservation of insects or other biodiversity, whether their focus is urban, agricultural or otherwise. It is an excellent overview of the subject without being over-long or wordy, and provides a realistic assessment of the challenges that we face in urban insect conservation.” (Alvin. J. Helden, Journal of Insect Conservation, Vol. 20, 2016)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Ecology, Envivonment and Evolution, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

    Tim R. New

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Insect Conservation and Urban Environments

  • Authors: Tim R. New

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21224-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-21223-4

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36768-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-21224-1

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 244

  • Number of Illustrations: 48 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Conservation Biology, Human Geography, Invertebrate Zoology

Buying options

eBook
USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-21224-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)