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Birds in towns

Posted by histor on 12 February 2016 in German (Deutsch).

100 to 146 different sort of birds live in the towns in Europa, Amerika, Asia and Australia. But so many only, if there are grass, shrubs and trees among the stones. To have this diversity, it is necessary, that parks have 10 ha (1/10 km²) or more and that for genetic health there are helpful junctions between the parks as trees along the street or trees on a strip in the middle of the street or avenue. (means Bernhard Kegel in his book “Tiere in der Stadt”/animals in the town)

Comment from Sarepava on 12 February 2016 at 17:27

Very interesting information! I think all OGF cities should have more parks, they are for the residents to relax and to create some natural beauty as well as for animals to exist. And there are other benefits: the plants can help to clean the air that is being filled with traffic exhaust every day, and big parks can be the venue for concerts, to ride bicycles safely, and to play sports and for children’s playgrounds. Also I like to see trees along the centre of large roads.

Comment from histor on 12 February 2016 at 19:01

Indeed at the devellopement of cities at the second half of the 19th century is one “capitalistic” element positive til today in some new urbabisaced areas = broader streets for the carriages and coaches of the new inhabitants, who had more money and for the horsetrams and a broader footway at one side or both sides of the street with trees. Such features come in use from the town itself or from devellopement-companies, to sell better the new houses.

Comment from clik on 12 February 2016 at 19:16

Junctions between parks can also link them to natural areas outside of the city. It is necessary to have a continuity of natural spaces in rural areas too. These new rules of urbanism are very rarely found in the real world, but some governments are trying to plan more natural continuity in the cities.

See : Blue-green corridors

Just note that having such big parks can look unrealistic in the urbanism style of some cities, but alternatives also exist : big natural spaces just near the city / many pedestrian areas.

The quality (many kinds of trees, small and big ones, wild looking areas) and density of the parks are also important factors.

This big aspect of urbanism is well represented in Gobras city.

Comment from Rasmus Rasmusson on 13 February 2016 at 22:34

I like parks and birds (also abstract ones like those of Olivier Messiaen), but I’m not sure if e.g. Nekkar (Řots) is parky enough..

Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 14 February 2016 at 00:46

For your records, 283 species of birds live in and around villages in Udenarrat, including 117 endemics. 10 species are migratory, breeding in the northern hemisphere. One species breeds in south Archanta and two, supposedly, in the ‘new world’. One species that formerly inhabited the island is extinct. There are no naturalised species of exotic origin. There are no parks.

Comment from Ernestpkirby on 14 February 2016 at 04:12

http://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/-3.3061/-2.4223 http://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/-3.3477/-2.4057 I’ve been working on improving greenspace in Quentinsburgh. You can see some of the parks I’ve been working on, especially in the northern central part of the city. However, the area still needs some work, the south-central, north and northwest parts especially.

Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 14 February 2016 at 08:46

And I suppose that I should admit that Kėzėpölān has a much lower diversity of bird life, especially in the urban settlement. There are urban peregrine falcons and other ‘city birds’, but most of the birds in Kėzėpölān Islands are seabirds - gulls, fulmars, petrels etc. There are of course a few albatross and penguins, but not in the city itself (and I should check in with Luciano about the birdlife of Mahhal!). What I have been trying to do is ‘green’ the overground public transport lines to provide connectivity between the open grassland areas around residential tower zones. Scrub, which does not need as much maintenance as woodland, seems a way to do it. as in this example: http://opengeofiction.net/#map=17/-57.73475/84.49325 .Of course, over time, scrub becomes woodland. I also have the winter skateways which link watercourses, not fully developed yet. The other issue I have is that the extent of allotments makes the map look like a rural area - it isn’t: the towers, like these ones in Ph Tzin http://opengeofiction.net/#map=18/-57.74257/84.51288 are invariably at least 15 stories tall. Can anyone help me with showing this cartographically? Or are the towers in fact too small?


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