Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010:: Matripolis

As the 2011 Integrated Habitats Design Competition is getting launched, I’m looking at the winning entries from the 2010 competition in a series of posts. Matripolis, which won the runner up prize, is a designed community for 500 people created by Paul Jones and...

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Wildlife Plants:: Pacific Bleeding Heart

The pink, heart-shaped flowers of this plant define the pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa). While the flowers are not as showy as some of the popular ornamental varieties, the plant as a whole is still beautiful and offers great...

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Swift Night Out

Read Urban Species Profile:: Swifts for detailed information about the Vaux's Swifts.  Twice a year Vaux's Swifts roost in the chimney at Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe, Washington. Once a year the school hosts 'Swift Night Out' where people come visit...

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Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

News Green Roofs:: An informative article by green roof expert Dusty Gedge discusses the benefits of small-scale green roofs for biodiversity. What kind of meadow is best for wildlife?:: This interesting article from the Guardian's garden blog discusses the benefits and differences...

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Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens Blog Roundup

Back in May I announced that I was joining the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens team to contribute a post every month. I have since then written five articles for the blog but unless you follow The Metropolitan Field...

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Urban Species Profile:: Jackdaw

Common Name: Jackdaw Scientific Name: Corvus monedula Family: Corvidae  If you spend time in any European city, chances are very high you'll come across the Jackdaw. Found throughout most of Europe with the exception of the far north, it's a common bird in...

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