Wasteland 6 – Sixth in a series of pictures of vegetation apparently growing naturally on wasteland and contributing to the biodiversity of the habitat on the side of Pipers Walk on the Waterfront in Swansea, South Wales, 19 June 2021.
Low and hugging the ground, were these lovely little Field Pansies (Viola arvensis) among Black Medick (Medicago lupulina) (looking like clover with small yellow flowerheads). The beauty of this patch of wild vegetation could in itself be a good reason for encouraging the existence of such places. However, Kate Bannigan in her article Brownfield Sites: A Wildlife Haven points out that due to their unique pasts and lack of management, they may have become home to many rare and essential species (invertebrates, plants, birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians) that have taken advantage of the mosaic of habitats that can be provided in one location. She says:
Although often negatively perceived, brownfield sites represent a unique opportunity for something like a little wilderness in an urban environment. The benefits this has for varied animal habitats, the environment and human happiness are now becoming clear. Increasing awareness of the many environmental and social benefits of brownfield sites has led to them being considered in urban planning as unorthodox green spaces.