Our shrinking backyards Event as iCalendar

27 August 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Margaret Stanley

Contact email: mc.stanley@auckland.ac.nz

Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik
Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik

Speaker: Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik, Department of Zoology, University of Otago


Garden sizes are shrinking in many countries, including New Zealand, in response to a variety of pressures and trends.

While some studies exploring optimal city design for biodiversity suggest a land sparing approach is more effective at providing better quality habitats for native species, these do not always acknowledge the socio-ecological role gardens play.

Using data from the Dunedin Garden Study, the Natural Neighbourhoods for City Children study, and the Nature Engagement in Older People study, Associate Professor van Heezik will make a case for why we should be concerned about our shrinking backyards.