Impacts of Human Behaviour in Residential Developments
Researchers in the US have unexpectedly found evidence suggesting that human disturbance/behaviour may cause more significant negative impacts upon birds than habitat alteration or fragmentation. The implication is that, in exurban areas, the presence and role of people within an ecosystem may be more important than their effect upon the surrounding landscape. In other words, the act of populating such an area may have a greater impact upon certain bird species than the associated changes to the environment. This will fuel a host of follow up studies around the world, aimed at testing this to help inform planners and developers, and facilitate reduced impacts on wildlife. If further evidence supporting these suggestions are found, then requirements and recommendations for the way in which developments mitigate for impacts on birds could change substantially.
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