The human population has rapidly expanded over the past century, and more than half of all people now live in towns and cities. In more developed countries, such as the UK, this proportion is much higher. Urbanisation drastically changes the physical characteristics of ecosystems, with habitat loss, climate modification and alien invasive species all contributing to the loss of native biodiversity. Yet, despite this, urban greenspaces are important as they support the provision of ecosystem services such as temperature regulation, carbon sequestration/storage and air filtration. Furthermore, they offer recreational opportunities for people, potentially bringing them into contact with biodiversity. The focus of my PhD research is to gain a better understanding of different forms of human-wildlife interaction, as well as assessing their impact on the health and wellbeing of urban inhabitants.
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