A 2020 vision: urban wildlife in the backyards of the future
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Past urban development and gardening practices have had a devastating impact on native wildlife in the suburbs. In this paper the reader is invited to envisage a future where the urban community has embraced the concept of gardens as indigenous wildlife habitat, generally free of lawns and with lower inputs of chemicals and water. In the year 2020 it is envisioned that there is a focus on vegetation from local provenance species and gardens are structured to mimic natural ecosystems to maximise benefits for wildlife. Gardens based on European aesthetic concepts are out of fashion and there is seldom the noise of a motor mower to drown the sounds of native birds. Such a future is within our reach. The vision is clear but the details of how to achieve the desired outcomes are hazy but they are sufficiently complex to develop into a new and exciting discipline.