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It was incredible to see the number of tiny beetles pollinating flowers at the nursery last weekend. The beetles were 0.5cm in size.

This is a brilliant short animated video called ‘Designing Neighborhoods for People & Wildlife.’

Produced by the American Society of Landscape Architects the video speaks about the degradation & loss of habitat by expanding cities & offers ways in which we can create connected habitat on private property.

The examples are of huge properties, however  increasing habitat is achievable even in the high density Inner West, especially if we plant the verges & include native plants. The more of us who do it, the more wildlife will have living around us.  A number of my neighbours removed most of their lawn & planted natives & other flowering plants.  As a result the bird life around here increased ten-fold.  It’s much nicer now as we hear birds more than we hear cars.  http://vimeo.com/52235476

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If you would like to look at 20 amazing case studies by the American Society of Landscape Architects where sustainable landscapes have been created, this is a fantastic site.  Each case study shows a picture. If you hold your curser over the picture, details are given about the site & where it is located. Click & you are taken to details & photographs of the site. http://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/index.html

Here is a 3.51 minute animated video that explains about permeable pavement, green roofs & rain gardens & how they work. http://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/Vid_Watermanagement.html

A second 3-minute video explains how bioremediation can take a polluted industrial environment & make it clean enough for people to live & play on the site.   http://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/Vid_Brownfields.html

 

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