Suburban biodiversity, Browns Avenue Park, Auckland.
There has been some debate in the Auckland region lately about maintenance (or lack of) of suburban street berms, areas which generally lie on the public/private land threshold. Part of the ‘protest’ by some has been to stop mowing these areas.
A positive spinoff of not ‘maintaining’ such areas is an increase in urban biodiversity: plants that are usually cut are flowering profusely, and nectar-loving fauna are reaping the benefits.
I took these photos at a local park to further highlight the idea that in some landscapes less ’maintenance’ can bring more biodiversity, as well as creating a more fascinating aesthetic for our urban green spaces.
Photos: hinter/DM ©