17 Dec 2021 Increasing People’s Connection with Nature: New Publication on Urban & Restoration Ecology
Frontiers of Urban and Restoration Ecology is a tribute to the late Oliver Gilbert – urban ecologist and lichenologist. All the contributors to this new book have been inspired by the man and his work and the articles reflect the extraordinary breadth of his interests and thinking.
BSG Ecology Director Dr Peter Shepherd has contributed a chapter – Urban Vegetation – a neglected element of British plant community classification, which is based on his doctoral research, which remains the most comprehensive phytosociological account of UK plant communities of urban and post-industrial habitats. Peter was very much inspired by Oliver Gilbert’s work in Sheffield.
I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this book and am very pleased to see it now available as a free download. Oliver Gilbert inspired me when he spoke of the derelict patches of Sheffield not as weedy sites or waste lands but as our Urban Commons, and his approach to nature conservation in urban environments was very much one of rewilding long before the term was launched on the world – he was the original urban rewilding thinker. Oliver’s excellent book The Ecology of Urban Habitats is still the best starting place for those interested in urban ecology and this new free book in his memory is a good addition to our knowledge and thinking about ecology in an urban environment.
A free copy of the e-book can be downloaded here: Frontiers of Urban & Restoration Ecology