Assessing the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands in urban landscapes

Grant number: LP140100343 | Funding period: 2015 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

The nature and distribution of wetlands around cities is changing at an unprecedented rate, with artificial wetlands increasingly dominating urban landscapes. The consequences of these changes for animals, however, are largely unknown. Some artificial wetlands may be poor quality habitats that pose considerable risks to urban biodiversity, while others may play an important role in conservation. The project aims to examine the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands for native animals, and provide guidelines to help ensure wetland construction and management is cost effective and maximises biodiversity outcomes.