Rooftop Gardens Will Save the Bugs

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Rooftop gardens are being proposed for the top of some of London's biggest buildings. By installing them on the rooftops of places like universities and town halls, it is hoped that endangered species of birds and bugs will be saved.

The Living Roofs for Wildlife project will create seven "living roofs" which will recreate the natural habitats of some of the species and include wildflower meadows, sandy areas and beach.

Brown-banded carder bee photo

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They are called "living roofs" because they provide a habitat for these species which are disappearing due to development of vacant lands, front yard parking, patios and parking lots. They aren't really roof gardens because they are designed for bugs and birds, not humans.

Species such as the Brown-banded carder bee (pictured) and the Black redstart will flourish again, it is hoped, with careful tending of the roofs.

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There are only 100 estimated nesting pairs left of the Redstart (pictured), which is a relative of the robin and one of the UK’s rarest species.

Working with Buglife, is Dusty Gedge, founder of living roofs, his organization dedicated to the creation of green roofs. He has been an advocate of the concept and involved in getting more and more office buildings to consider and invest in the idea.

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His goals: "the first is government legislation to force all new buildings to make their flat roofs into living roofs. The second is retrofitting of old flat roofs. And the third? He wants know-nothing consultants to bugger off and stop planning roofs that can only last for five years. He says he’s sick of fights with architects who tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about and just want to roll out a sedum mat. " Buglife Via : Evening Standard

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