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Insect Conservation and Urban Environments


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Table of Contents

1. Urban environments and insect wellbeing
1.1 Introduction: urban environments
1.2 Urban transformations
1.3 Concerns for conservation
1.4 Urban insect conservation
1.5 References
2. Insects in urban environments
2.1 Introduction: the variety of concerns
2.2 Scales and intensity of change
2.3 Ecological traps
2.4 References
3. Insects along urban-rural gradients
3.1 Introduction: values of gradient studies
3.2 Interpreting changes
3.3 Focal insect groups for study
3.4 Generality and predictive traits
3.5 Urban successions
3.6 References
4. Impacts on insect communities and species 4.1 Introduction: characterising urban insect species and communities
4.2 Impacts of change
4.3 Species losses
4.4 Extinction debt
4.5 Species contexts
4.6 Sanitation and resources
4.7 References
5. Alien species in urban environments
5.1 Introduction: the variety of alien species
5.2 Alien plants
5.3 Alien animals
5.4 References
6. Urban insect pest management: implications for insect conservation
6.1 Introduction: a key theme in urban entomology

6.2 Concerns over insects
6.3 Control of urban insect 'pests'
6.4 Expanding perpectives of management
6.5 References
7. Selected urban threats to insects
7.1 Introduction: conservation implications of some urban developments
7.2 The heat island effect
7.3 Artifical lighting
7.4 Traffic
7.5 bird or bat predation
7.6 References
8. Countering insect habitat losses and change in urban areas
8.1 Introduction: urban open spaces
8.2 Reconciliation ecology
8.3 Urban agriculture
8.4 Brownfield sites
8.5 Aquatic ecosystems
8.6 References
9. Providing habitats for urban insects
9.1 Introduction: indicating the range of possibilities
9.2 Urban parks
9.3 Community gardens
9.4 Urban forests
9.5 Urban meadows
9.6 Domestic gardens
9.7 Lawns
9.8 Golf courses9.9 Novel habitats: green roofs and green walls
9.10 Periurban fringes
9.11 References
10. Landscape connectivity for urban insects
10.1 Introduction: countering habitat fragmentation in urban landscapes
10.2 Corridors and nodes
10.3 Translocations
10.4 References11. Education and cultural awareness for the future
11.1 Introduction: establishing perspective and defining needs
11.2 Citizen science for urban insects
11.3 Prospects
11.3 References


"This very readable book consists of 11 chapters, beginning with consideration of the characteristics of urban areas and how their changing nature modifies ecosystems at a broad level. ... thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in conservation of insects or other biodiversity, whether their focus is urban, agricultural or otherwise. It is an excellent overview of the subject without being over-long or wordy, and provides a realistic assessment of the challenges that we face in urban insect conservation." (Alvin. J. Helden, Journal of Insect Conservation, Vol. 20, 2016)

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