Urban biodiversity and its maintenance are becoming important issues for architects and developers as planners set new requirements in this field and developers strive to meet client and local authority expectations. Yet there is still some mystery and misunderstanding as to what can be done and what should be done to maintain and improve biodiversity within the built environment.
In this presentation Edward Mayer, founder of the Swift Conservation advice service, explains why we should be concerned about biodiversity, and shows how we can take positive steps to improve it, simply, effectively and at reasonable cost.
The presentation will concentrate on both the background and the practical, with many examples of the designing-in of various features (nest bricks, bat tubes, Swift towers, brown roofs, rain water collection trays, native planting, bee gardens) that should provide increased support for attractive and beneficial species already attuned to urban environments. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.
Speaker details – Edward Mayer
Edward's working career has been mostly in buildings and facilities management; he was Gallery Manager for the Tate Gallery in London from the opening of the Clore Gallery to the creation of Tate Modern. In the late 1990's he noticed that the Swifts nesting in his local area were in decline. He realised that re-roofing of local properties was blocking Swifts from returning to their long-established nest sites.
Surveys show that unless we take action now, and on a significant scale, within 20 years the Swift will become a rare bird within the UK. The solution is to both create new nest places and properly protect existing ones. To create awareness of this, Edward set up "Swift Conservation" a web-based advice service, celebrating Swifts, and showing what can be done to save them. Swift Conservation provides essential advice to government, building professionals and the public.
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