View from Kirstenbosch over Cape Town suburbs with
the affluent Bishopscourt suburb in the foreground. [photo H. Robertson,
Most of us live in cities and towns and hence it is all the more
important to understand urban biodiversity. The urban environment
includes buildings, roads, cultivated gardens and also variable
amounts of natural vegetation fragments. Each town or city tends to
have certain plants and animals that characterise it. For instance
the Jacaranda tree is strongly associated with Pretoria.
Biodiversity Explorer covers both indigenous and exotic species that
are encountered in southern Africa and in due course we will be
featuring the biodiversity that characterises particular southern
African cities and towns.