The value of patches of remnant vegetation in an urban setting cannot be overstated.
|The old Drouin Nature Reserve in Pryor Rd|
|A 'bush block' in Roberts Ct|
Urban patches of bush obviously provide valuable habitat for a range of native wildlife – birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates and this quality has been espoused previously in this blog.
|John Lardner reserve beside the freeway|
Some perhaps less obvious benefits of urban bushland include ….
· Visual relief from urban sprawl
· Places of solitude and tranquillity
· Provision of cultural and historical links
· Recreational sites for walkers, photographers, nature study, etc
· Ecological niches for a range of flora and fauna
· Cooling and cleaning of the surrounding atmosphere
· Absorption of noise
· Mitigating the effects of run off and protecting ground water
· Genetic resource for indigenous flora species
· Conserving natural landforms
· Biological indicators of the effects of climate change
· Cheap to maintain versus mowing grass, spraying and weeding garden beds, etc.
|Even roadside and rail-side bush is valuable, weedy as they often are|
Drouin's patches of remnant bushland are significant for many reasons and we should value them highly.
PS: Apologies for the dearth of posts recently. Endeavours are being made to rectify the situation.