Water garden – a biodiversity oasis in urban areas

Škuljević, Petra (2010) Water garden – a biodiversity oasis in urban areas. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Preservation of biodiversity is one of today's most popular topics since it is effectively in danger from human irresponsible and unethical behavior. It is most endangered in urban areas where its natural order has been most disrupted. Green zones, such as gardens and parks, are a good substitute for lost habitats. Water gardens are especially important, because they include both land and water, thus offering a wider range of habitats for wild plant and animal life. Properly designed, and constructed, a water garden can imitate a natural lake, and can develop into a stable and self-sustaining eco-system. Underwater oxidative plants are necessary for sustaining underwater life. While floating and deep-water plants cover the surface thus preventing the excessive development of algae, and providing shadow to fish. Peripheral plants are important habitats and shelters for organisms living in the lake, or just visiting it. After plants have developed, animals will come to the water garden by themselves. The most common inhabitants of water gardens are fish, turtles, frogs, newts, salamanders, and water insects. We can also often see birds, mammals, pollinating insects, predators, spiders and annelids, although their life does not depend on water. The biggest problem of water gardens is a large quantity of food getting from dry land to the lake and causing excessive development of algae and blurring the water. Once the balance is established, a water garden does not require special maintenance. It functions like any natural lake or pond, becoming a valuable habitat for living organisms.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Šoštarić, Renata
Co-supervisor: Brigić, Andreja
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 22
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 11:07
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3449

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