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Human–nature interactions and the consequences and drivers of provisioning wildlife

Cox, Daniel T. C.; Gaston, Kevin J.

Philosophical transactions. Biological sciences. Volume 373:Number 1745 (2018) -- Royal Society

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  • Title:
    Human–nature interactions and the consequences and drivers of provisioning wildlife
  • Author: Cox, Daniel T. C.;
    Gaston, Kevin J.
  • Found In: Philosophical transactions. Biological sciences. Volume 373:Number 1745 (2018)
  • Journal Title: Philosophical transactions. Biological sciences
  • Subjects: Biology--Periodicals; Science--Periodicals; bird feeding--extinction of experience--resource provisioning--urbanization--urban wildlife--wildlife gardening; Dewey: 570
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Royal Society
  • Abstract: Abstract :

    Many human populations are undergoing an extinction of experience, with a progressive decline in interactions with nature. This is a consequence both of a loss of opportunity for, and orientation towards, such experiences. The trend is of concern in part because interactions with nature can be good for human health and wellbeing. One potential means of redressing these losses is through the intentional provision of resources to increase wildlife populations in close proximity to people, thereby increasing the potential for positive human–nature experiences, and thence the array of benefits that can result. In this paper, we review the evidence that these resource subsidies have such a cascade of effects. In some Westernized countries, the scale of provision is extraordinarily high, and doubtless leads to both positive and negative impacts for wildlife. In turn, these impacts often lead to more frequent, reliable and closer human–nature interactions, with a greater variety of species. The consequences for human wellbeing remain poorly understood, although benefits documented in the context of human–nature interactions more broadly seem likely to apply. There are also some important feedback loops that need to be better characterized if resource provisioning is to contribute effectively towards averting the extinction of experience.

    This article is part of the theme issue 'Anthropogenic resource subsidies and host–parasite dynamics in wildlife'.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100059554995.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0962-8436; 10.1098/rstb.2017.0092
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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