Despite repeated calls to action, proposals for urban conservation are often met with surprise or scepticism. It seems there remains a pervasive narrative in policy, practice and the public psyche that urban environments, while useful for engaging people with nature or providing ecosystem services, are of little conservation value. We argue that the tendency to overlook the conservation value of urban environments stems from misconceptions about the ability of native species to persist within cities and towns, and that this, in turn, hinders effective conservation action. Drawing on recent scientific evidence, we propose updated messages that can guide and inspire conservation action in urban environments: consider small spaces, recognize unconventional habitats, test creative solutions, and use science to minimize the impacts of future urban development.
Soanes, K., Sievers, M.,Chee, Y. E., Williams, S. G. N., Bhardwaj, M., Marshall, A. J., and Parris, K. M. (2018). Correcting common misconceptions to inspire conservation action in urban environments. Conservation Biology.