Wildlife Gardens Enhance Urban Biodiversity

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Beautiful and ecologically important. Read on to find out why you should strive to be a champion for biodiversity in your urban neighbourhood and how you can get started.

When you live in a city and rarely have the opportunity to leave it it’s easy to get caught up in your own life and forget about how much we depend on nature. With so many people living in cities, it’s important to ensure that there is access to nature. Not just grass and trees, but real thriving environments with a diversity of species cohabitating. This biodiversity is not only important for improving the wellbeing of city dwellers, but for ensuring our cities are reducing their impact on the environment as much as possible.

The encouragement of biodiversity plays a role in addressing urban sprawl, pollution, climate change and the spread of invasive species. The reclamation of dull urban surfaces for new eco-friendly landscapes is an important step in making our cities more livable for human, plant and animal communities. Prioritizing wildlife spaces ensures that there are safe areas for wildlife and that urban areas have a means of mitigating climate change and improving air quality (see Arianne’s last blog post for more).

It is important for everyone who is capable to be active in opposing threats to biodiversity. Actions include writing to your city councillor to register your opinion on unchecked urban sprawl, promoting well rounded environmental assessments for protecting sensitive habitats and encouraging wilding of greenspaces. Many cities have campaigns or strategies for biodiversity protection, but there are always ways for you to get involved or hold your city accountable to their promises.