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David Goode

David Goode

Visiting Professor
Environment Institute
University College London

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.

February 11, 2015
Radipole Lake

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 most extensive of these are newly created lakes that formed as a result of sand … Continue reading Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

August 12, 2014
Swift returning to the nest with a bulging throat pouch full of food. Photo David and Jackie Moreton

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 for Gibraltar where they cross to Africa; airborne now until they return next May. They … Continue reading Swift Action Needed

December 9, 2012

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 year’s time, and what are the prospects for the Society? Whilst I recognised that making … Continue reading Can Smartphones Save Urban Natural History?

June 25, 2012

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 to the Olympic Parklands which have been created for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. … Continue reading Colonisation and Creativity: Two of the Drivers in Urban Ecology