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Insect Conservation and Urban Environments

  • 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

By: Tim R New(Author)

244 pages, 13 colour photos, 48 b/w illustrations, 32 tables


Paperback | Dec 2016 | #234313 | ISBN-13: 9783319367682
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Hardback | Sep 2015 | #224316 | ISBN-13: 9783319212234
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About this book

Includes chapters on assessing changes among assemblages and in individual species, the variety of general threats (notably habitat changes and impacts of alien species) and more particularly urban threats. The first global overview and synthesis of the impacts of urbanisation on insects and their relatives and the needs and theoretical and practical background to conserving them in urban environments. Insect dependence on open spaces in built-up areas suggests a wide range of management options for conservation, from individual site (including novel habitats such as green roofs) to landscape-level connectivity. These measures, all discussed with specific examples, involve all sectors of humanity, from government agencies to individual householders and 'citizen scientist' groups. Each chapter includes pertinent and recent.


1. Urban environments and insect wellbeing
1.1 Introduction: urban environments
1.2 Urban transformations
1.3 Concerns for conservation
1.4 Urban insect conservation
1.5 References

2. Insects in urban environments
2.1 Introduction: the variety of concerns
2.2 Scales and intensity of change
2.3 Ecological traps
2.4 References

3. Insects along urban-rural gradients
3.1 Introduction: values of gradient studies
3.2 Interpreting changes
3.3 Focal insect groups for study
3.4 Generality and predictive traits
3.5 Urban successions
3.6 References

4. Impacts on insect communities and species
4.1 Introduction: characterising urban insect species and communities
4.2 Impacts of change
4.3 Species losses
4.4 Extinction debt
4.5 Species contexts
4.6 Sanitation and resources
4.7 References

5. Alien species in urban environments
5.1 Introduction: the variety of alien species
5.2 Alien plants
5.3 Alien animals
5.4 References

6. Urban insect pest management: implications for insect conservation
6.1 Introduction: a key theme in urban entomology
6.2 Concerns over insects
6.3 Control of urban insect 'pests'
6.4 Expanding perpectives of management
6.5 References

7. Selected urban threats to insects
7.1 Introduction: conservation implications of some urban developments
7.2 The heat island effect
7.3 Artifical lighting
7.4 Traffic
7.5 bird or bat predation
7.6 References

8. Countering insect habitat losses and change in urban areas
8.1 Introduction: urban open spaces
8.2 Reconciliation ecology
8.3 Urban agriculture
8.4 Brownfield sites
8.5 Aquatic ecosystems
8.6 References

9. Providing habitats for urban insects
9.1 Introduction: indicating the range of possibilities
9.2 Urban parks
9.3 Community gardens
9.4 Urban forests
9.5 Urban meadows
9.6 Domestic gardens
9.7 Lawns
9.8 Golf courses
9.9 Novel habitats: green roofs and green walls
9.10 Periurban fringes
9.11 References

10. Landscape connectivity for urban insects
10.1 Introduction: countering habitat fragmentation in urban landscapes
10.2 Corridors and nodes
10.3 Translocations
10.4 References

11. Education and cultural awareness for the future
11.1 Introduction: establishing perspective and defining needs
11.2 Citizen science for urban insects
11.3 Prospects
11.4 References

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