Golf Courses Play Preservation Tools For Wetland Creatures
Source: Discovery News, Date: September , 2009
A recent study shows that golf courses can play an important role for conservation in cities and other impacted areas, but that doesn't mean courses harbor as much wildlife as natural settings.
Notwithstanding a high volume of pesticide and fertilizer that are used to maintain the golf courses, a new study suggests that golf course ponds can sustain
wildlife just as well as nature reserves
better.he research examined golf course ponds in Stockholm, Sweden,
comparing the species living there with those in ponds in nearby nature
reserves and parks.Some species were more
prevalent in golf course ponds than elsewhere.For example, the great crested newt.
Golf course ponds may be good places for newts because the ponds often lack fish and are kept clear of water-clogging
plants -- ideal conditions for these creatures.
But golf courses also are more "natural" than many people give them
credit for, according to Ray Semlitsch of the University of Missouri.
Semlitsch has done related studies of U.S. golf courses.About 70 percent
is non-play habitat ideal for urban settings where not much of habitats are left.