Exploring the Driving Factors that Influence the Design, Function, and Use of Urban Wetlands in the United Kingdom

Andrews, Chloe and Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 (2022) Exploring the Driving Factors that Influence the Design, Function, and Use of Urban Wetlands in the United Kingdom. Wetlands, 42 (7). Art 93. doi:10.1007/s13157-022-01610-1

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This paper aimed to investigate the driving factors for the creation of urban wetlands and their functions and uses. A mixed methods approach was used, comprising an online survey for the general public and structured interviews with four urban wetland ‘experts’. Quantitative data was obtained from the survey, and cross tabulation was used to analyse relationships between variables. Thematic analysis was used for the qualitative data from the interviews. It was found that one of the urban wetlands was created for food control and to create an amenity space, whilst the driving factors for the other three urban wetlands were associated with biodiversity and habitat creation, which was also perceived as the most important function of an urban wetland from the survey participants. Three themes emerged from the thematic analysis: ‘wildlife conservation interest’; ‘landscape character development’; and ‘urban wetland as an amenity space’. The survey found that participants perceived climate resiliency as an important function of wetlands, despite this not being a driving factor for the four wetlands in the interviews. Survey participants would be willing to invest time in visiting a non-local wetland landscape to encounter nature and contribute to their quality of life and wellbeing. The results of this research may be useful to inform the planning, design and management of urban wetlands as they evolve towards being a multi-use spaces. More education and awareness are needed about the benefts of these landscapes to wildlife, the environment and local communities.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wetland design; Entrance fee; Ecosystem services; Climate resiliency; Urban design; Biodiversity
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 09:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 15:52
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11653

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