How to make your house and garden more tranquil – tips from an acoustics expert

Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.

Greg Watts, Professor of environmental acoustics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health wellbeing gardens home noise house peace traffic-noise silence

Why you may need to encourage social distancing around your bird feeder

Garden bird feeders and water baths could be hotspots for infectious disease transmission.

Harisree Paramel Nair, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds bird-feeding zoonotic-diseases gardens

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  solar-power  new-york  infrastructure  gardens  renewable-energy  landscape-architecture  design  denmark  connecticut  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

How to discover the wildlife wonders of your own garden

Domestic gardens offer an oases for urban wildlife, and are a sight for sore eyes during lockdown.

Ian D. Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  birds  self-isolation  uk-wildlife  urban-ecology  gardens

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