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RE: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?

Subject: RE: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?
From: Mark Hinsley
Date: Nov 16 2021 10:14:24
A lot of insectivorous birds live in our towns and cities. Those insects are 
coming from gardens.

Mark

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On Behalf Of Wayne Tyson
Sent: 15 November 2021 21:30
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Subject: Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?

While I'm not absolutely certain about the statistics, I quite agree with 
your remarks about agriculture. I hope you will consider writing a piece for 
a newspaper of wide circulation. This commonly ignored fact needs to become 
more widely known.

As for gardens, while I am happy to hear on good mycological authority that 
(presumably indigenous?) fungi have become established, it would be 
interesting to know how the entire garden microbiome compares with that of 
adjacent wilds. Gardens, by definition, are collections of plants fancied by 
the gardener, not necessarily those of an indigenous ecosystem.

WT

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 9:21 AM Antony Croft <rositsavalleyangling@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

As a fungal ecologist it always surprised me how many rare 
(supposedly, due to lack of records) fungi would be found in the older 
urban gardens, usually owned by now pension aged non weedkiller types. 
Succession and a lack of ''improvement'' along with a good dose of 
time does quite rightly enable a remarkable amount of Biodiversity 
within the urban context. You could almost guarantee seeing vulnerable 
wax caps in a pre 1940-1950's lawn

As for the intensely managed agricultural setting, not only a 
biological/ecological desert but also a carbon devoid soil. 
Agricultural practice will have contributed far more to atmospheric 
carbon than every car ever produced.

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 6:24 PM Bill Anderson < 
anderson.arb.original@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Angus said: I'm deeply skeptical of the biodiversity value of a 
private garden lawn and indeed any landscaping put in place by 
commercial housebuilders...

I'd say you were right to be sceptical Angus, but Sheffield 
University
did
a study that showed domestic housing away from city centres had 
better biodiversity than intensely cultivated agricultural land. 
(Google "biodiversity in urban gardens, bugs1 and bugs 2") However I 
suspect it takes some time for this sort of biodiversity to develop 
in back gardens, and I suspect the usual housebuilders' landscaping 
schemes are only a
step
in vaguely the right direction. I'm sick to the back teeth of 
supermarket car park type planting that features Cherry Laurel and 
other allelopathic plants that do very little to improve 
biodiversity. I'd rather see new developments with no landscaping 
and the new occupants actually taking an interest. How you legislate for 
that I dunno.

I've not read the biodiversity net gain matrix thing yet but if it
doesn't
acknowledge that removing some plants is actually to improve 
biodiversity then there's something wrong with it.

Bill.



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