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Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?

Subject: Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Nov 16 2021 21:40:10
That is a true statement, but it does not an ecosystem make.

WT

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 2:14 AM Mark Hinsley <markhinsley@xxxxxxxxxxx.info>
wrote:

A lot of insectivorous birds live in our towns and cities. Those insects
are coming from gardens.

Mark

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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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