Wildlife gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation

Mumaw, L and Bekessy, S 2017, 'Wildlife gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 242-260.


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Title Wildlife gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation
Author(s) Mumaw, L
Bekessy, S
Year 2017
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 242
End page 260
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Complementary public and private conservation action is required to sustain native biodiversity in cities. Residents can contribute by wildlife gardening - removing environmental weeds, cultivating indigenous flora, and improving habitat in their gardens. There is currently little guidance about how best to involve residents in wildlife gardening and align their work with public land management. We explored how a purposively chosen wildlife gardening program in Melbourne, Australia engaged and supported residents to augment local government efforts to conserve indigenous biota. Sixteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with program members to understand the program's impact on their gardening and their connections with their council and community. Unpublished Council survey data were used to position interview findings on wildlife gardening activities and the value of program features. Interviewees detailed how they modified their gardening to assist their council to conserve indigenous biota. Five program features were implicated in this change: (1) on-site garden assessment; (2) indigenous community nursery; (3) communication hubs; (4) a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages; and (5) endorsement of each garden's potential conservation contribution. Collaborative wildlife gardening programs can engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals while building relationships with council and community.
Subject Wildlife and Habitat Management
Conservation and Biodiversity
Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Keyword(s) Urban biodiversity
nature conservation
wildlife gardening
environmental education
urban nature conservation
biodiversity conservation
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14486563.2017.1309695
Copyright notice © 2017 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
ISSN 2159-5356
Additional Notes This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australasian Journal of Environmental Management on 10 April 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14486563.2017.1309695
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