“Vegetation on roadside verges comprise a unique environment, shaping the diversity surrounding them. They are characterized by grassland of first succession, resistant to disturbance and stress conditions, caused by traffic, pollution, changing soil conditions and frequent mowing. Roadside plants can constitute edge-habitats, creating heterogeneity in the landscape and serving as a shelter to many species, enhancing biodiversity in these human shaped structures. Some groups of species are not only attracted to these habitats for refuge and food density but also for their suitability in connecting habitats, that allow dispersal movements. With this attraction, the mortality rate from collisions becomes higher as well, creating a threat to many endangered species. It’s important to correctly manage roadsides, to allow the establishment of plant and animal species, while creating structures that permit animals to cross safely and diminish collisions with larger animals, securing safe conditions for drivers.”
I did this illustration for a work about Road-side Ecology, for a class in my Master degree. One day I’ll post the less professional version, that I used for the oral presentation.
If you happen to have stumbled upon this while researching about road ecology or graphics about it, and are interested in using this picture in your work/article, feel free to contact me! I have no problem in providing a higher resolution, with or without caption boxes, even for commercial works. The only thing I ask for is mention of who did the work, that is, me. :)