Biodiversity in urban community gardens

Researchers: Dr Caragh Threlfall, Dr Dave Kendal, Caroline Wilson, Dr Rodney Van der Ree, Prof Gary Luck

Funding: University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant (2013)


Urban community gardens are on the rise, providing many benefits to people and valuable habitat for wildlife. In this study, we investigated what practices people use in community gardens across Melbourne, why they engage in these behaviours and their influence on biodiversity.

Our research demonstrated ways that gardening practices shape animal communities in cities and the effectiveness of animals, such as beneficial wasps, in the biological control of pest insects.


For more information please contact Caragh Threlfall from the Green Infrastructure Research Group at

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