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PARK[ing] Day- An example of experimenting with alternative options for city spaces

Today is PARK[ing] Day – a day when car spaces in cities around the world are reclaimed for alternative uses. Over the past decade of this event there have been many examples of interesting transformations of streets for people and nature rather than cars. Amy Hahs recently contributed an essay exploring the idea that Pop-up […]

‘Biodiversity under threat as Melbourne’s grasslands become suburbs’ – interview with Mark McDonnell on grasslands, The Age

ARCUE’s Director Mark McDonnell was interviewed for an article in The Age (also in the Canberra Times and the Sydney Morning Herald) about recent research on Australian native plants at risk of extinction, in particular grasslands. Despite just 2 per cent of original grasslands between Melbourne and Adelaide still remaining, with more under threat from […]

Visitor to ARCUE – Penny Woodward, writer/speaker on gardens and edible and useful plants

ARCUE was very pleased to welcome Penny Woodward as a Visitor recently to discuss their mutual interests in gardens/gardening, urban ecology and the impact of people on ecology, and hear more about the research conducted at ARCUE, particularly around the role of gardens and gardening practices in urban ecological systems. During her visit we also […]

Melbourne visit by Prof Thomas Elmqvist

Professor Thomas Elmqvist from the Stockholm Resilience Centre was in Melbourne during the last week of February 2014.  He was in Melbourne to promote “Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Opportunities and Challenges”, the scientific report behind “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook – Action and Policy”. The book was officially launched in Melbourne on Wednesday, 26 February […]

International Visitor to ARCUE

HAYASHI Yoshitake, a delegate from the Bureau of Environment at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan, by the invitation of Amy Hahs, recently visited ARCUE to learn more about the Centre’s research and community outreach activities.  Last year, Tokyo Metropolitan Government released their Tokyo Green Plan 2012.  This plan outlines the elements of the strategic approaches that […]

People, green space and biodiversity: insights from research in urban Australia

Amy Hahs recently had the chance to visit researchers at The University of Sheffield, England, where she co-presented an extra ecology seminar on “People, green space and biodiversity: insights from research in urban Australia” with Caragh Threlfall and Christopher Ives.  Following the presentation, we had the chance to speak with Phillip Warren and Karl Evans […]

Biodiversity and the City- public forum

ARCUE and the City of Melbourne hosted a Public Open Forum on “Biodiversity and the City” in early December 2012.  The forum attracted over 200 members of the general public who came to the Melbourne Town Hall to hear a number of speakers talking about a range of issues and opportunities related to this topic.  […]

Managing our nocturnal neighbours – public forum

A special public forum exploring the interactions between people and bats in a rapidly urbanising world will be held on April 11th at the University of Melbourne as part of the 15th Australasian Bat Society Conference. This forum is for: • Government environmental & biodiversity officers • Ecological consultants, arborists, landscape planners • Educators and students […]

ARCUE Scientists Close Hume Highway

On a Saturday in June of last year, traffic on the busy Hume Highway near Benalla was diverted for an unusual reason. The first of three rope bridges and three ‘glider poles’ were being installed to provide a means for squirrel gliders, possums and other native animals to pass safely across the road. The bridge […]

Seedbanks and Plant Invasions in Victoria’s Grasslands

At the end of 2006, Honours student Aaron Dodd finished his investigation into seed banks and plant invasions of Victoria’s, Western basalt plains grasslands, looking at the effects of landscape on the spatial pattern of the seed banks. He took numerous soil cores from grasslands along a 200 km urban – rural gradient running west […]