Wildlife and well-being in urban landscapes

10 Jul 2018 18:00 - 19:45

Nearly half of the world’s population lives in urban environments and this is projected to increase in future. With high human densities and demands on space, urban landscapes can be polluted and crowded, yet they also represent a rapidly expanding habitat for wildlife.

Globally, urbanization may have advantages through the concentration of human footprint and, potentially, efficiencies in resource management and urban sustainability.  As the number of urban residents increases, so do the potential health benefits of urban green spaces.  The qualities of urban green spaces and the diversity of species they support can impact peoples’ appreciation of such areas, and exposure to urban wildlife will be increasingly important to public understanding of the broader natural world.

This meeting will focus on urban wildlife, including pollinators, a local hedgehog population and urban citizen-science projects, as well as discussing potential linkages between human well-being, physical health and urban ecology.

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.

Book a 3-course dinner with the speakers

  • All attendees are welcome to attend a 3-course dinner with the speakers after the event. 

  • Dinner places cost £35 per person (including 2 glasses of wine).  Booking will be available on this webpage 1 month prior to the event.


  • Contact Jennifer Howes, Scientific Events Coordinator jennifer.howes@zsl.org; 0207 449 6227

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