jccurd's picture

Industrial Wasteland

A part of an NR near us is an old, derelict tarmacadam plant. This is rough, stoney land with no grass; it isn't mountain and rock, it isn't grassland, heathland or woodland, but there are pools of water supporting reeds and Odonata populations.

I think "Industrial wasteland" would be a useful addition to our list of possible habitats from which to choose.



anonymous spotter's picture

I agree -

this sort of habitat can be surprisingly well-populated with interesting species, and it doesn't fit well into the existing categories.
A appreciate that iSPot want to "keep it simple", but I think that this would be a good idea.

JonathanWallace's picture

They tend to be referred to

They tend to be referred to as 'brownfield' sites and they are indeed often very important for various invertebrates and wildflowers such as orchids.
Dingy skipper is an example of a butterfly species that relies to a significant degree on this type of habitat and is threatened by the widespread redevelopment of it into 'manicured' housing estates.

Jonathan Wallace

Ray Turner's picture

Hence ...

... the need for some sort of category to put it in.


Jonathan's picture

You can always use the tags

You can always use the tags to do this when you make (or edit) an observation. These can be anything you think useful.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)