Urban environments are expanding globally as the number and proportion of humans that live in cities continues to increase the discipline of urban ecology is also expanding as interest surges in the ecological impacts of urbanization and the diverse ways in which urban environments can affect their human and non human residents. Provides an accessible introduction to urban ecology using established ecological theory to identify generalities in the complexity of urban environments examines the bio physical processes of urbanization and how these influence the dynamics of urban populations communities and ecosystems explores the ecology of humans in cities. 133 urban environments are ideal for testing and developing ecological theory 6 134 the nature of urban environments affects human health and wellbeing 7 135 urban environments are important for conserving biological diversity 8. As such it provides a valuable resource for urban ecologists urban ecology students landscape architects city planners decision makers and anyone with an interest in urban ornithology and bird conservation moreover it provides a comprehensive overview for researchers in the fields of ecology and conservation of urban bird fauna
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