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  • David Goode

    David Goode

    David Goode has over 40 years experience working in both central and local government in the UK and an international reputation for environmental projects, ranging from wetland conservation to urban sustainability. He was Senior Ecologist at the Greater London Council, Director of the London Ecology Unit and latterly Head of Environment at the Greater London Authority. He has been directly involved in developing the theory and practice of urban nature conservation, both as a professional ecologist and an enthusiastic naturalist.  He published Wild in London in 1986 and co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology, published in 2011.  He has worked in major cities in China, and in Santiago, Chile. A Visiting Professor at University College London since 1994, he was Honorary Professor at East China Normal University from 1996-2001. He is a member of the IUCN Specialist Group on Cities and Protected Areas.

    March 17, 2016

    Scholar’s study:studio  in the Master of Fishing Nets Garden Suzhou
    What Can We Learn from Chinese Classical Gardens?
    David Goode, London

    Step off the street in Suzhou through a small door and you leave behind the bustling cacophony of a modern Chinese city to enter a different world of tranquility and calm, where natural features create a sense of being surrounded...

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    November 9, 2015

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    History, the Detroit River and Building an International Wildlife Refuge Right
    David Goode, London

    A review of Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, by John H. Hartig. 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9921007-4-2. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI. Ecovision World Monograph Series. 282 pages. John Hartig is currently...

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    August 16, 2015

    ©2015 National Park City, London.
    London: A National Park City
    David Goode, London

    Something very significant is happening in London. It’s a plan to make London the world’s first National Park City. Now that’s an idea that could catch on in a very big way. Over the past 18 months, a movement has...

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    February 11, 2015

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    Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation
    David Goode, London

    In reviewing the wildlife habitats of British towns and cities for my recent book Nature in Towns and Cities (Harper Collins 2014) I became acutely aware that many of the UK’s most spectacular urban wetlands resulted from industrial activities. The...

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    January 31, 2015

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    Is there such a thing as a “bird friendly city”? What does it look like? What does it not look like? Why bother?
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville
    Luke Engleback, Tunbridge Wells
    Dusty Gedge, London
    David Goode, London
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    John Marzluff, Seattle
    Bongani Mnisi, Cape Town
    Glenn Phillips, New York City
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Ken Smith, New York
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Maxime Zucca, Paris

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    August 12, 2014

    Swift returning to the nest with a bulging throat pouch full of food. Photo David and Jackie Moreton
    Swift Action Needed
    David Goode, London

    The swifts have gone. They left about a week ago and the sky is silent over British towns and cities. By now they will be well on their way south, quartering marshes in the south of France and Spain, making...

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    December 9, 2012

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    Can Smartphones Save Urban Natural History?
    David Goode, London

    In 2008 the London Natural History Society celebrated its 150th anniversary with a conference on ‘London’s Natural History: past, present and future’. I was asked to consider future prospects. What changes might we expect in London’s natural history in fifty...

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    June 25, 2012

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    Colonisation and Creativity: Two of the Drivers in Urban Ecology
    David Goode, London

    Over the past two weeks I have experienced two very different aspects of urban ecology.  The first centered on a pair of peregrine falcons nesting close to where I live in the city of Bath.  The second was a visit...

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